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    Louisiana Firefighter Killed In Car Collison Enroute To Call

    Louisiana Firefighter Killed In Car Collison Enroute To Call

    KTBS NEWS STAFF
    Courtesy of KTBS News

    A volunteer firefighter headed to a medical emergency was killed when his fire truck was hit as he crossed the railroad tracks in front of a freight train. According to the Associated Press, the accident occurred on the morning of December 24th.

    Mansfield police said Shane Brown, 25, was broadsided by a Kansas City Southern freight train. The large pickup was dragged about 60 feet and caught on fire.

    The accident happened about 5:30 a.m. on Pegues Street. The train's engineer told police he was sounding his horn before the accident. There were no crossing bars at that location.

    Brown had worked for Fire District 8 in DeSoto Parish about eight years. Before that, he had been a volunteer firefighter. He recently became a paramedic to broaden his skills.

    Outside the fire station today, flags were at half staff.

    "He was very popular with other firemen. Well like," Fire Chief David Manning said. "I won't even try to describe that feeling" of losing one of his firefighters.

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    Firefighters recall loss of colleague

    There will be an empty seat at the DeSoto Parish Fire Department's Christmas table this year.

    One year ago Friday, firefighter Shane Brown died at a Mansfield railroad crossing when his fire department truck was hit by a train as he headed to an emergency call.

    "I got a call on the radio telling me it was one of our trucks involved," Fire Chief David Manning recalled. "You rush across town hoping it's just a minor wreck and that everything is okay."

    It wasn't. Brown's truck burst into flames after the train hit it.

    "I don't know how to say this without sounding like I'm building him up just to be big -- but he really was just a fine young man," Manning said of Brown.

    Brown grew up around a fire station. He volunteered with his father when he was 16 and worked his way up to a paid firefighter position. He went to school to become a paramedic.

    Brown's firefighter number has been retired and is now on the helmets of his former colleagues, some of who have likened his death to that of losing a family member.

    There are still no warning lights or crossarms at the railroad crossing where Brown was killed. A homemade cross and some flowers mark the spot where the accident happened.

    Brown's father is still the fire station captain in Grand Cane. His mother is the mayor of that town.


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    Brown, Shane Scott

    Age: 25
    Cause of Death: Struck By
    Rank: Firefighter
    Nature of Death: Trauma
    Classification: Career
    Emergency Duty: Yes

    Incident Date: 12/24/2003
    Duty Type: Responding
    Incident Time: 05:30
    Activity Type: Driving/Operating Vehicle/Apparatus
    Death Date: 12/24/2003
    Fixed Prop. Use: Street/Road

    Fire Dept. Info:
    DeSoto Parish Fire District 8
    13023 Highway 175
    Mansfield , Louisiana 71052
    Chief: David Manning

    Final Summary:
    Firefighter/Paramedic Brown was responding to an EMS incident in a fire department pickup truck. As he responded through an unguarded railroad crossing, his vehicle was struck by a freight train. The vehicle was dragged approximately 60 feet and caught fire. Just prior to impact, the train was estimated to be traveling at 40 miles-per-hour. Witnesses said that the train?s warning lights and horns were in use at the time of the crash. Firefighter Brown was wearing his seatbelt and he was partially ejected from the cab of the pickup. Firefighter Brown was pronounced dead at the scene of traumatic injuries. Firefighter Brown is the second Fire District 8 firefighter to die in a train accident while on-duty. Firefighter Anthony Calhoun died in 1992 when a train struck his vehicle as he responded to a wildland fire.

    Memorial Fund Info:
    c/o Shane Brown Memorial Fund, 13023 Highway 175, Mansfield, LA 71052

    http://www.usfa.fema.gov/application...eath_year=2003

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