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    Amarillo fireman forever a hero

    Amarillo fireman forever a hero

    Tragic death shows dangers of job

    Christopher Brian Hunton's death in the line of duty has sent shocks through Amarillo's close-knit fraternity of firefighters.

    A firefighter for a little more than two years, the 27-year-old Hunton fell out of a truck Saturday as it pulled out of the Central Fire Station at Third Avenue and Van Buren Street. He died early Monday of severe head wounds.

    Investigators have placed preliminary blame on a defective door that failed to close properly.

    The tragedy, though, should remind all of us who depend on the courage of our firefighters just how dangerous this line of work can be.

    Happily for all concerned, fatalities among our firefighters are rare.

    Hunton was the first fireman to die in the line of duty in more than 22 years.

    However, do not call Hunton a statistic.

    Christopher Hunton was a young man who did heroic deeds, just as his colleagues perform brave acts on our behalf every day.

    We all should grieve with our firefighters as they mourn the loss of their brother. While we're at it, we all ought to offer a word of support, as well as our thanks for all our fire department personnel do to keep us safe.

    http://www.amarillo.com/stories/0427..._1798840.shtml

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    Hunton, Christopher Brian

    Age: 27
    Cause of Death: Fall
    Rank: Firefighter
    Nature of Death: Trauma
    Classification: Career
    Emergency Duty: Yes

    Incident Date: 04/23/2005
    Duty Type: Responding
    Incident Time: 22:05
    Activity Type: Riding Vehicle/Apparatus
    Death Date: 04/25/2005
    Fixed Prop. Use: Street/Road

    Fire Dept. Info:
    Amarillo Fire Department
    310 S. Van Buren
    Amarillo , Texas 79101
    Chief: Steve Ross

    Initial Summary:
    Firefighter Hunton fell from the passenger compartment of apparatus while responding.

    Memorial Fund Info:
    Memorial Fund for Christopher Brian Hunton c/o of AFFA at Amarillo National Bank

    http://www.usfa.fema.gov/application...eath_year=2005

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    Fire Truck Makers Sued in Texas Firefighter's Death

    Updated: 06-09-2006 01:11:22 PM

    UPI

    The parents of an Amarillo, Texas, firefighter who died in a fire truck accident have filed a negligence lawsuit against the vehicle's manufacturer.

    The lawsuit, which also names the truck's service providers, stems from the April 23, 2005, accident in which Amarillo fire department's Christopher Brian Hunton, 27, died, the Amarillo Globe News reported Wednesday.

    Hunton fell through the rear passenger door of an American LaFrance ladder truck while rounding a turn en route to a call. He reportedly wasn't wearing his seat belt when the accident occurred.

    The lawsuit alleged American LaFrance LLC, Freightliner LLC, Patriarch Partners LLC, Dalmatian Corp. and DaimlerChrysler Corp. designed the vehicle with a defective and dangerous door latch system and failed to give proper warnings of the danger. It also claimed Amarillo Truck Center, a truck dealership, was negligent in performing service and repairs to the rear passenger door latch.

    The truck maker and the dealership did not comment, saying they'd seen the lawsuit. The petition also challenged the constitutionality of Texas' $750,000 cap on punitive damages in a product liability suit.


    http://cms.firehouse.com/content/art...Id=46&id=49692

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