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    North Carolina Firefighter Struck, Killed Marking Hydrants

    North Carolina Firefighter Struck, Killed Marking Hydrants
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    Updated: 09-25-2006 12:01:42 PM

    Story by wral.com

    A volunteer firefighter was killed in an on-duty crash early Friday morning on Highway 87 outside Tar Heel, while a second person was hospitalized in critical condition.

    Ron Allen, who served in the Tar Heel Fire Department, was marking fire hydrants along northbound Highway 87 early Friday morning when his truck was rear-ended by a Ford Explorer. Investigators said he had stopped his Ford truck along the left lane of the road, put on his flashers, and spray-painted an arrow on the pavement.

    "The vehicle hit him in the rear, and it pushed the truck forward, and it ran over him," said Bladen County Fire Marshal Mitchell Byrd.

    The driver of the Explorer was flown to a hospital in Fayetteville while Allen's body was draped with an American flag and placed atop Engine 574. The truck rolled past Station 57, where flags flew at half-staff.

    Allen, who friends said was in his mid-30s, had a full-time job as a corrections officer at a state prison. Friends said firefighting was his passion, however. He joined the department when he was a teenager and attended all the fire training schools. He was marking the fire hydrants on his day off.

    "On all of his days off, that's where he was mostly found

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    Allen Jr., Ronald Phillip

    Age: 36
    Cause of Death: Struck By
    Rank: Lieutenant
    Nature of Death: Trauma
    Classification: Volunteer
    Emergency Duty: No

    Incident Date: 09/22/2006
    Duty Type: Other On-Duty
    Incident Time: 10:30
    Activity Type: Other
    Death Date: 09/22/2006
    Fixed Prop. Use: Street/Road

    Fire Dept. Info:
    Tar Heel Fire Department
    PO Box 189
    269 Tar Heel Ferry Road
    Tar Heel , North Carolina 28392
    Chief: Brad Strickland

    Initial Summary:
    Lieutenant Allen was marking the locations of fire hydrants with spray paint on the road surface. After stopping at the location of one hydrant, setting vehicle hazard lights on and exiting to the front of the vehicle to make the mark, the brush truck apparatus was hit from behind by another vehicle and crashed forward on top of Allen. Lieutenant Allen was pronounced at the scene of the incident.

    Memorial Fund Info:
    In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, P.O. Drawer 498, Emmitsburg, MD 21727.


    http://www.usfa.dhs.gov/applications...eath_year=2006

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