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    Arkansas Chief Dies In The Line Of Duty

    Arkansas Chief Dies In The Line Of Duty

    Updated: 11-14-2005 10:02:26 AM

    JILLIAN MCGEHEE
    Benton Courier

    Ken Mitchell, chief of the Tull Volunteer Fire Department and pastor at Saline Missionary Baptist Church in Tull, made the ultimate sacrifice Thursday morning.

    Mitchell, 59, died while responding to a house fire at 8722 W. Cherry St. in Tull. He was pronounced dead at Saline Memorial Hospital in Benton.

    The cause of death is unknown. Mitchell's body was taken to the state Crime Laboratory in Little Rock for an autopsy.

    The blaze destroyed a wood-frame house, which was unoccupied. No other injuries were reported.

    Firefighters responded to the scene around 10:20 a.m.

    Grant County Sheriff's Sgt. Brett Turner said the cause of the fire is unknown and remains under investigation. Authorities said criminal charges could be filed in connection with Mitchell's death if investigators determine that the fire was deliberately set or was caused during the course of a crime.

    Authorities did say that some evidence at the scene suggested that the house could have been used at some point for a clandestine methamphetamine lab.

    James Simpson, a Tull volunteer firefighter since 1982, said he arrived on scene shortly after Mitchell. He said as firefighters prepared to extinguish the fire, Mitchell went to sit in his truck. Emergency personnel saw Mitchell in distress and pulled him out of the truck to perform CPR, Simpson said.

    People who knew Mitchell described him as

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    Mitchell, Kenneth D

    Age: 58
    Cause of Death: Stress/Overexertion
    Rank: Fire Chief
    Nature of Death: Unknown
    Classification: Volunteer
    Emergency Duty: Yes

    Incident Date: 11/10/2005
    Duty Type: On-Scene Fire
    Incident Time:
    Activity Type: Incident Command
    Death Date: 11/10/2005
    Fixed Prop. Use: Residential

    Fire Dept. Info:
    Tull Volunteer Fire Department
    General Delivery
    Tull , Arkansas 72015
    Chief: Pending

    Initial Summary:
    Fire Chief Mitchell had just arrived on scene of a working residential structure fire when he went to sit down in his vehicle. He was discovered in distress by emergency personnel on scene. Care was initiated and he was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

    Memorial Fund Info:
    Memorials may be made to the Saline Missionary Baptist Church in Tull, AR 72015.



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