LODD: Miss. FF dies after collapsing, hitting head on apparatus

Yazoo County Firefighter Lt. Larry Adams suffered a medical emergency while operating the pump panel at a vehicle fire, falling unconscious and hitting his head

Duty Death: Larry Dean Adams - [YAZOO COUNTY, Mississippi]

End of Service: 08/08/2021

By Rachel Engel

YAZOO COUNTY, Miss. — A firefighter was killed after suffering a medical emergency, falling and hitting his head on the apparatus.

Yazoo County District 3 Volunteer Fire Department Lt. Larry Adams was operating the pump panel at a vehicle fire when he suffered a medical emergency, a notification from the U.S. Fire Administration reported. After losing consciousness, Adams collapsed, hitting his head on the side board.

Adams was treated by fellow first responders on scene and flown to the University of Mississippi Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries.

“Lieutenant Adams passed away August 8, 2021, as a result of his injuries he sustained while operating the engine at a car fire on Highway 49 West in Yazoo County on August 6, 2021,” a post on the department’s Facebook read. “Please keep his family and fellow firefighters in your prayers.”

Adams served with the Yazoo City Police Department as a dispatcher for 23 years, and received the Volunteer Fire Fighter of the Year award in 2020, according to his obituary.

He is survived by his wife, Janet, two children and five grandchildren.

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