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Texas vol. firefighter dies from roll-over injuries

Firefighter Jalen Smith suffered severe injuries after the POV he was in lost control; station closes as firefighters mourn

By FireRescue1 Staff

SMITH COUNTY, Texas — A Texas firefighter severely injured responding to a tractor accident last week succumbed to his injuries Monday evening.

Volunteer Firefighter Jalen Smith, 20, was critically injured in a single car rollover while he and two other Jackson Heights firefighters when on their way to a crash Friday night, according to KLTV.

Officials say that the three firefighters were riding in a personal vehicle that rolled over multiple times off the road.

Firefighter Smith, who was not the driver, was found outside the vehicle and investigators are trying to figure out how he ended up there.

He suffered serious head and back injuries and doctors said he would likely have brain damage and be paralyzed if he survived.

Investigators believe that another vehicle may have pulled out in front of the firefighters causing the driver to "brake and take some evasive action" and lose control, but the investigation is ongoing.

The news station reports that Firefighter Smith grew up at the station, his grandfather a founding member there.

The Jackson Heights Fire Department was closed Monday night to mourn the loss of Firefighter Smith.

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Mark F Johnson Mark F Johnson Tuesday, December 04, 2012 2:01:05 PM I am so sorry to hear about the loss. Hopefully he is resting in peace now. I am sure that a man such as Jalen will be treated with open arms and receave special attention for being a Vollunteer and helping people in there time of need,
Austin Schmitt Austin Schmitt Tuesday, December 04, 2012 2:03:32 PM RIP Brother
Austin Stanphill Austin Stanphill Tuesday, December 04, 2012 6:56:43 PM RIP Brother
John Wesley Cleckner John Wesley Cleckner Tuesday, December 04, 2012 6:57:36 PM RIP Brother another angle to watch over us.
Duane Cleckner Duane Cleckner Wednesday, December 05, 2012 5:02:59 AM Everytime we get on a truck we risk our lives for YOU! More firefighters die on the way to the scene than on the fireground. Give us plenty of room the guy driving may not have much experience.
Katie Clemente Katie Clemente Wednesday, December 05, 2012 11:05:35 AM RIP always honored, never forgotten.
Stewart P. Deveau Stewart P. Deveau Wednesday, December 05, 2012 6:03:26 PM My family and I, along with the members of the Yarmouth (Nova Scotia, Canada) Fire Department, express our sincere condolences to the family, friends, community and members of the Jackson Heights Fire Department on the tragic loss of Firefighter Jalen Smith. May you take comfort in knowing that you are not alone in your sorrow. Rest in Peace My Brother.
Shawn Prohaska Shawn Prohaska Wednesday, December 05, 2012 6:47:19 PM RIP
Scott St Aubin Scott St Aubin Thursday, December 06, 2012 5:21:38 AM R.I.P Brother does any one know how the other 2 are prayers and thoughts to the families and friends.
Bryan Schroeder Bryan Schroeder Thursday, December 06, 2012 7:23:36 AM Our hearts and prayers go out to your Dept and families. Chesterfield Twp Fire Dept.
Kelly K Manfredo Kelly K Manfredo Monday, December 10, 2012 1:46:12 PM I'm so very sorry to the family and May your dreams of him always be sweet and your pain never linger<3 R.I.P Sir! Love the Manfredo family
Mary Leathers Mary Leathers Tuesday, December 11, 2012 10:13:12 AM I am so sorry for your loss. The family and fire family are in my thoughts and prayers

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