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    Tennesse Firefighter Dies In Tanker Crash

    Tennesse Firefighter Dies In Tanker Crash

    Courtesy of WTVF-NewsChannel 5

    In the tiny town of Pleasantville, Garry Tanner was a one-man chamber of commerce. He ran a restaurant, started the volunteer fire service and was vying for a seat on the county commission. Thursday, his family and community were left wondering what to do without him.

    "He's the type of guy who'd do anything for anyone," friend Clinton Moser said.

    The Moser brothers saw Tanner leave his tables at the restaurant and head for the tanker truck one last time.

    "We were here last night when they got the call for the fire," friend Linton Moser said.

    "It was a dryer in a mobile home. ... We thought it was going to be all right," Clinton Moser said.

    It wasn't all right. Another emergency brought crews to a pit. They looked in and saw the tanker truck crushed.

    "You just see that truck, and your heart just drops to the bottom," Tanner's nephew Jim Tanner said.

    The truck may have malfunctioned.

    "He knew he had to do something," Jim Tanner said.

    Tanner apparently had to choose: hit the pit or hit another driver. Those who knew Tanner know it was no choice.

    "If he wanted people to know one thing about him when he left this earth is that he gave back. He couldn't have cared less what happened to him,

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    Tanner, Garry

    Age: 57
    Cause of Death: Unknown
    Rank: Assistant Chief
    Nature of Death: Unknown
    Classification: Volunteer
    Emergency Duty: No

    Incident Date: 04/19/2006
    Duty Type: Returning
    Incident Time: 18:00
    Activity Type: Driving/Operating Vehicle/Apparatus
    Death Date: 04/19/2006
    Fixed Prop. Use: Street/Road

    Fire Dept. Info:
    Pleasantville Volunteers Fire Department
    5374 Hwy 100 W.
    Pleasantville , Tennessee 37147
    Chief: Damon Williams

    Initial Summary:
    Garry Tanner operated a tanker to an appliance fire within a mobile home. After the incident was mitigated, he was on his way to refill the tanker when it left the roadway. The tanker overturned and he was ejected. He succumbed to his injuries at the scene.

    Memorial Fund Info:
    The Garry Tanner benefit fund has been established at the First Farmers and Merchants Bank, 116 Church Street, Centerville, TN 37033(931) 729-3522; FAX (931) 729-3152

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