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    Tennessee Firefighter Dies in Blaze

    Tennessee Firefighter Dies in Blaze
    Funeral Information Below

    Updated: 01-29-2007 09:26:31 AM

    A young member of the Highway 58 Volunteer Fire Department died in a blaze early Friday morning. He was identified as 24-year-old Shane Daughtee.

    Several other firefighters were injured.

    Firefigter Daughtee was trying to rescue a family, including the parents and child, when he fell two stories through the roof. The family had apparently already gotten out safely.

    The fire was at a house on Gamble Road off Highway 58 about 20 miles north of Highway 153.

    The 5,000-square-foot, $500,000 house was a total loss.

    Officials said the homeowner made a 9-1-1 call at 12:30 a.m. reporting heavy smoke and fire at the 7697 Gamble Road address.

    The Highway 58 Volunteer Fire Department responded and arrived on the scene confirming a fully involved house fire. The firefighters conducted an immediate search and rescue operation inside the home.

    Amy Maxwell of Hamilton County Emergency Management said firefighter Daughtee fell through the floor and into the basement. She said, "An immediate rescue attempt was made and, in the course of this attempt, the rest of the structure collapsed, barring further attempts."

    Highway 58 VFD requested a mutual aid response for additional resources and manpower. Bradley County Fire and Rescue, East Ridge Fire Department, Tri-Community VFD, responded to the scene. Red Bank Fire Department, Dallas Bay VFD, Walker County Fire Department, Catoosa County Fire Department, and Fort Oglethorpe Fire Department were on stand-by to cover Hamilton County.

    Hamilton County EMS was on the scene and treated four firefighters who sustained minor burn injuries.

    According to the homeowners, Randy and Terry Roark, they awoke to a popping sound and found the basement full of smoke and fire. They evacuated the home with their daughter and called 9-1-1. The cause of the fire is undetermined and will be under investigation by the Hamilton County Sheriff???s Department.

    Shane Daughtee was an active firefighter with Highway 58 VFD for seven years. Just last month, he was recently awarded "Firefighter of the Year."

    This is the first firefighter fatality for the Highway 58 Volunteer Fire Department. This is the third firefighter fatality in Hamilton County. Tri-Community VFD has two firefighter fatalities -- in 1952 and 1979.

    Funeral Information

    Visitation for Firefighter Daughtee will be held Sunday, Jan. 28 from 2 p.m.-9 p.m. and Monday, Jan. 29 from 10 a.m. until the time of the funeral at at Bayside Baptist Church, 6100 Highway 58, Harrison, Tenn.

    Funeral services will be held Monday, Jan. 29 at 1 p.m.

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    Daughetee, Shane

    Age: 24
    Cause of Death: Caught or Trapped
    Rank: Firefighter
    Nature of Death: Trauma
    Classification: Volunteer
    Emergency Duty: Yes

    Incident Date: 01/26/2007
    Duty Type: On-Scene Fire
    Incident Time: 00:31
    Activity Type: Advance Hose Lines/Fire Attack (includes Wildland)
    Death Date: 01/26/2007
    Fixed Prop. Use: Residential

    Fire Dept. Info:
    Highway 58 Volunteer Fire Department, Inc.
    5402 HWY 58
    Harrison , Tennessee 37341
    Chief: Charles "Dude" Harris

    Initial Summary:
    Firefighter Daughetee along with other firefighters arrived on-scene of a fully involved residential structure fire. Firefighters initiated interior search and rescue and while in progress the floor collapsed, trapping Daughetee when he fell into the basement. Fire conditions prevented all attempts to rescue Firefighter Daughetee and he perished. Three other firefighters were injured while attempting the rescue; their injuries were reported to be minor. The family of the residence was able to escape the fire unharmed.

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    Fallen Tennessee Firefighter Remembered

    Updated: 01-30-2007 09:58:14 AM

    Hundreds of firefighters paid a final tribute on Monday afternoon to Shane Daughetee, the 24-year-old Highway 58 Volunteer Fire Department firefighter who lost his life in a fire early Friday morning.

    Most of those in the overflow crowd at Bayside Baptist Church were in uniform.

    Along Highway 58, there was a long line of fire and emergency vehicles with their emergency lights flashing.

    The Rev. Dale Lovelady of Hickory Valley Christian Church called the 7-year fire veteran "a teddy bear of a man" who was passionate about fighting fires and helping others.

    His top allegiance, though, was to his wife of three years, Nicole, and his parents, James and Linda Daughetee, the speaker said.

    The minister asked those in the congregation to cherish their memories of him and honor his memory by emulating his example of service.

    There were some emotional moments in the service as some of his fellow firefighters read tributes to him, including a poem about a fallen hero.

    Captain Robby Roark and Lt. David Binns presented the firefighter's badge to his widow.

    Some 200 firefighters spent a cold Saturday night raking through the ruins of the house on Gamble Road trying to locate the firefighter's helmet. They found remnants of it that were presented to the widow also.

    The UTC Chamber Singers sang several numbers and an official of the Fallen Firefighters Memorial Committee gave a prayer.

    There was a later ceremony at the burial site at the New McDonald East View Cemetery.

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