LODD: Dallas firefighter dies in fall from icy overpass

Firefighter William Tanksley, a 14-year veteran, leaves behind a wife and three children

Duty Death: William Tanksley - [Dallas, Texas]


DALLAS — A firefighter was fatally injured Monday night after either falling from an icy overpass or was hit by a vehicle.

WFAA reported that Dallas Fire-Rescue confirmed firefighter William Tanksley, a 14-year veteran, died of his injuries. He leaves behind a wife and three children.

According to initial information, firefighter Tanksley, 40, was working at the scene of a vehicle crash on an interstate overpass when he tumbled to the pavement below. There were reports the firefighter may have been hit by a vehicle, according to the report.

Emergency vehicles had a difficult time reaching the scene, because icy conditions were slowing traffic, according to the report.

Dallas Fire-Rescue Chief Louie Bright said firefighter Tanksley was doing his job as they do every day.  

"As always, the department is going to wrap our arms around his family, and our own fire department family," Chief Bright said.  

Firefighter Tanksley was taken by ground ambulance to a hospital for treatment, but was pronounced dead upon arrival, according to the report.

"We have a resilient group of men and women that work for us, and we are going to pull together, and get through this incident, and keep moving forward," Chief Bright said.

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