Colo. community loses second firefighter in less than a week

Joes FD Firefighter Larry Wyant died after a cornfield blaze overtook him as he was attempting to stretch a hoseline

Duty Death: Larry Wyant - [Yuma, Colorado]

End of Service: 10/27/2021

By Leila Merrill

YUMA, Colo. — Volunteer Firefighter Larry Wyant died Tuesday as he battled a fire sparked by a combine in a cornfield, the Joes Fire Department announced on Facebook.

Firefighters faced 30-mph winds, with gusts up to 60 mph, and the wind direction kept changing, according to Wyant was reportedly trying to stretch a hoseline when the fire overtook him. 

This is the second loss in less than a week for the firefighting community. Captain Darcy Stallings, 34, who served with the Yuma Volunteer Fire Department, was killed in a vehicle crash while responding to a call on Oct. 21.

Members of the area firefighting community were on the way to the funeral for Stallings when the fire broke out.

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