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 firefighterclosecalls.com. 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.

Join the discussion

NFFF

National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

Support the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and help to honor America's fallen firefighters

Donate now

Copyright © 2021 FireRescue1. All rights reserved.