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    Georgia Fire Chief Dies After Third Fire Response In One Day

    Georgia Fire Chief Dies After Third Fire Response In One Day

    Updated: 12-14-2004 04:04:04 PM

    RUSSELL DINNAGE
    Firehouse.Com News

    Claxton Fire Department Chief James Larry Rogers, 55, of Evans County, Georgia died Monday, December 14 while returning to the fire station from the scene of an earlier call.

    According to Assistant Fire Chief Harold Rogers, the department responded to three structure fire calls Monday. As Chief Rogers was returning to the fire station from the scene of the last call around 5:30 p.m. the rescue truck he was driving went off the road.

    A volunteer firefighter following the chief in another rescue truck discovered the accident and verified that he had collapsed and died at the scene. The exact cause of death is still undetermined.

    Rogers started out as a volunteer firefighter with the department in May 1974. He became fire chief in August 1981 and served as chief of the department for 23 years.

    Visitation will be Wednesday, December 15 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home, 513 W. Main St. in Claxton.

    There will be a full procession of fire department vehicles down Main St. Thursday towards the corner of Main and Church St. The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. with full fire department honors at the Claxton First United Methodist Church, Main St. The burial will take place at the Brewton Cemetery.

    Rogers is survived by his wife, Patsy Brewton Rogers, one daughter-in-law and one son-in-law, Shelly and Jay Brinkley, two brothers, Michael Rogers and Dr. Dennis Rogers, one sister, Wanda Rogers, one grandson, Seth Brinkley, and several nieces and nephews.

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    Rogers, James Larry

    Age: 55
    Cause of Death: Stress/Overexertion
    Rank: Fire Chief
    Nature of Death: Heat Exhaustion
    Classification: Career
    Emergency Duty: Yes

    Incident Date: 12/13/2004
    Duty Type: Returning
    Incident Time: 17:40
    Activity Type: Unknown
    Death Date: 12/13/2004
    Fixed Prop. Use: Street/Road

    Fire Dept. Info:
    Claxton Volunteer Fire Department
    204 W. Railroad Street
    PO Box 829
    Claxton , Georgia 30417
    Chief: Harold Rogers

    Final Summary:
    Chief Rogers was driving a fire department rescue truck back to the station from the scene of a working fire in a commercial chicken house. This incident was the third response of the day for Chief Rogers and his department. Another firefighter following the apparatus witnessed it leave the road to the left, travel through a ditch, and come to rest. While still on the scene of the crash, Chief Rogers collapsed of an apparent heart attack. Treatment was provided on the scene, but Chief Rogers was pronounced dead at 1815hrs.

    Memorial Fund Info:
    In memory of Chief Larry Rogers, C/o Claxton Volunteer Fire Department, 204 W. Railroad Avenue , PO Box 829, Claxton, GA 30417

    http://www.usfa.fema.gov/application...eath_year=2004

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