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    Accident Claims Texas Firefighter

    Accident Claims Texas Firefighter

    Updated: 11-25-2005 04:03:42 PM

    Firehouse.Com News

    Firefighters are traveling to Hamilton, Texas today to honor one of their own.

    Members of at least 20 fire companies are expected to attend services for a rookie firefighter from Carlton killed Tuesday in a crash while en route to a wildland fire.

    Clint D. Rice, 28, lost control of the tanker as it rounded a curve. He was ejected as it overturned. Troopers said he was not wearing a seatbelt.

    A U.S. Air Force veteran, Rice had only been a member of Carlton Vol. Fire Co. for three months, but Chief Bill Hollingsworth said he was impressed. "I knew he would be a good firefighter."

    Hollingsworth said Rice developed an interest in joining the ranks while working on the company's fire trucks. "He and his dad, who also is a member, donated their mechanical skills."

    Rice's death has left a void in the rural Texas community, and Hollingsworth said he has been contacted by many people, including firefighters offering to lend support. The chief said the impact has not sunk in just yet.

    "We're a small, all-volunteer company with about 20 members," he said, adding that the community would be leaning on one another to get through the difficult time.

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    Rice, Clint Dewayne

    Age: 28
    Cause of Death: Vehicle Collision
    Rank: Firefighter
    Nature of Death: Trauma
    Classification: Volunteer
    Emergency Duty: Yes

    Incident Date: 11/22/2005
    Duty Type: Responding
    Incident Time: 14:27
    Activity Type: Driving/Operating Vehicle/Apparatus
    Death Date: 11/22/2005
    Fixed Prop. Use: Outdoor Property

    Fire Dept. Info:
    Carlton Volunteer Fire Department
    PO Box 41
    Carlton , Texas 76436
    Chief: Bill Hollingsworth

    Initial Summary:
    Clint Dewayne Rice, 28, was driving a tractor-trailer water tender as his department was providing mutual aid to the Hamilton, TX fire department in fighting a large grass fire located west of Hamilton on Highway 36. At about 1430hrs, Rice lost control while rounding a turn on Farm-to-Market Road 219, causing the truck to overturn. Rice was ejected from the truck when it flipped and was pronounced dead at the scene. He was not wearing a seat belt. Rice-a 3 month member of the Carlton Volunteer Fire Department is survived by his wife Stephanie. The Texas Department of Public Safety and the Texas State Fire Marshal's Office are investigating the accident.

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