Firefighter wounded by exploding ammo loses eye, may lose hearing

Lyle Walker-Pugh was struck at the corner of his eye by ammo that traveled through his head and exited behind his ear


By FireRescue1 Staff

LATIMER COUNTY, Okla. — A firefighter who was wounded after ammunition inside a burning mobile home popped off continues to undergo treatment.

KOCO.com reported that Buffalo Valley Fire Department firefighter Lyle Walker-Pugh responded to a fire at a mobile home that was full of ammunition. Fire officials said the flames caused the ammo to start firing, wounding Walker-Pugh in the face and head area.

According to a GoFundMe set up for Walker-Pugh, his wife and their 3-year-old son, he was struck by ammo at the corner of his eye, which traveled through his head and exited behind his ear. He also suffered a fractured skull and brain bleed.

Doctors were unable to save his eye and he may have suffered hearing loss, according to the report. 

After the incident, Walker-Pugh's fire chief was so shaken up that he started having chest pains and was transported to the hospital. Officials said he has since been released.

 

**** Up Date****** Chief Larry Kennnedy was released today. Lyle was not combative today but not breathing deep enough...

Posted by Latimer County Emergency Management on Tuesday, October 15, 2019

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