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    Missouri Firefighter Killed at Incident

    Missouri Firefighter Killed at Incident

    Updated: 11-08-2005 03:26:48 PM

    Firehouse.Com News

    A 32-year-old firefighter with Neosho Fire Department in Missouri was killed Monday at a fire scene.

    Timmy Shane Hardy, a father of six, was killed while riding a conveyor belt in an attempt to get better look at a grain bin fire at Ragland Mills Inc., a livestock feed company.

    Hardy was one of those firefighters who knew what needed to be done, and did it, said Fire Chief Greg Hickman. "He was always making sure the equipment was ready. You didn't even have to ask."

    Hardy died after becoming entangled in the conveyor belt that he was riding to examine a fire in an adjoining bin. The chief said firefighters first speculated something was terribly wrong when they couldn't reach Hardy on his radio and simultaneously discovered that the belt was inoperable.

    Employees at the company were the first to reach him, and confirm that he had become entangled, and was dead. Other firefighters climbed outside ladders as well to get to their colleague. The investigation is being handled by the Missouri State Fire Marshal's Office.

    Chief Hickman said fire companies from neighboring jurisdictions are taking over for his crews to give them a chance to grieve and be with their families. A stress counselor met with his personnel Monday night, and are expected back later.

    "It's been pretty rough today," he said. "Tim was well-liked, a good fireman who always did his best...He was always taking classes to be better."

    Funeral services with full fire department honors are set for 10 a.m. Thursday at Calvary Baptist Church. Companies wanting more information should contact the Neosho Fire Co.

    Hardy's tragic death has left the town stunned, said Vickie Dexter, human resources director. "Everyone knows everyone here."

    "His life was dedicated to the fire department. That's all he ever wanted to be, a fireman," Ms. Dexter said. "He was always willing to help, to pitch in and do what need to be done."

    He started off volunteering in 1994, and was hired on as a career firefighter in 1999.

    The chief said about 50 years ago a volunteer with the department died while battling a brush fire.

    Neosho Fire Chief Greg Hickman said he would make additional comments about his firefighter later.

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    Hardy, Timmy Shane

    Age: 32
    Cause of Death: Unknown
    Rank: Engineer
    Nature of Death: Unknown
    Classification: Career
    Emergency Duty: Yes

    Incident Date: 11/07/2005
    Duty Type: On-Scene Fire
    Incident Time: 12:49
    Activity Type: Advance Hose Lines/Fire Attack (includes Wildland)
    Death Date: 11/07/2005
    Fixed Prop. Use: Industry

    Fire Dept. Info:
    Neosho Fire Department
    125 N. College St.
    Neosho , Missouri 64850
    Chief: Greg Hickman

    Initial Summary:
    The Neosho Fire Department was called to Ragland Mills in response to a fire in one of the wheat hull bins. During fire suppression, Engineer Hardy was fatally injured while accessing one of the grain bins. Details of the accident are under investigation at this time.

    Memorial Fund Info:
    Tim Hardy Children's Education Fund, C/O Clark Funeral Home, 312 South Wood, Neosho, MO 64850

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