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2 firefighters dead, 2 hurt in (Bryan) Texas (Knights of Columbus) lodge fire
Seattle Post Intelligencer ^ | February 16, 2013

Posted on 02/16/2013 5:46:34 PM PST by Zakeet

Two Texas fire lieutenants have died of burns after battling a lodge hall fire, a city official said Saturday.

Greg Pickard and Eric Wallace, both with the department in the Central Texas city of Bryan, were in a group of firefighters responding to the blaze about midnight Friday at a Knights of Columbus hall, city spokeswoman Mary Lynne Stratta said.

The team entered the burning building but didn't emerge when ordered to evacuate, Stratta said.

Wallace, 36, died at the scene and Pickard, 54, on Saturday at a hospital in Galveston, she said.

"He called for help, said he was low on air," Stratta said of Wallace, a 13-year Bryan Fire Department veteran.

With Wallace still inside, Pickard and two other firefighters — Ricky Mantey Jr. and Mitchel Moran — were sent in to rescue him when the roof collapsed in flames, Fire Chief Randy McGregor said.

Rapid response units found the men inside the building. Mantey, 30, and Moran, 21, also were injured. They were taken to the Galveston hospital with burns. On Saturday, Stratta said they were both in serious but stable condition.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: firemen; texas

1 posted on 02/16/2013 5:46:51 PM PST by Zakeet
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To: Zakeet

Arson?


2 posted on 02/16/2013 5:50:25 PM PST by conservativehistorian (.)
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To: Zakeet

Brave men protecting all of us. RIP


3 posted on 02/16/2013 5:50:39 PM PST by mortal19440
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Eric Wallace

The remains of the Knights of Columbus building from the rear of the property.

Looking at the Knights of Columbus building from Palasota Street.

4 posted on 02/16/2013 5:54:14 PM PST by Zakeet (Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage - Mencken)
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To: conservativehistorian

I suppose it could have been, particularly since the K of C is unpopular with both the pro-abortion and the pro-gay crowd. It was midnight and there weren’t any activities going on. Of course, it could simply have been that somebody left the stove on or dropped a cigarette.

Very sad, in any case.


5 posted on 02/16/2013 5:55:36 PM PST by livius
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To: Zakeet
May they both RIP.


Greg Pickard

6 posted on 02/16/2013 6:03:10 PM PST by jazusamo ("Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent." -- Adam Smith)
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To: livius

There aren’t a whole lot of pro-abort, pro-gay crowds in Bryan.


7 posted on 02/16/2013 6:08:33 PM PST by al_c (http://www.blowoutcongress.com)
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8 posted on 02/16/2013 6:14:56 PM PST by narses
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9 posted on 02/16/2013 6:15:34 PM PST by narses
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Eternal rest Heroes.


10 posted on 02/16/2013 6:22:05 PM PST by fatima (Free Hugs Today :))
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What time do the bars close in Bryan?


11 posted on 02/16/2013 6:22:44 PM PST by virgil
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if they know for as fact that there is noone inside the building, why go in??? I have read aboud abandoned warehouses burning and firefighters killed when the roof collapsed....If there is noone inside, keep the fire from spreading and put it out from the outside....


12 posted on 02/16/2013 6:46:09 PM PST by terycarl
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Horrible, but it will be interesting to find more information out. Typically, you only hear of firemen getting injured, much less killed, when they are trying to save lives. If they don’t think anyone is in the building, they will lay back and take it on from the outside. This is an odd case, and tragic too, especially for a town of that size.


13 posted on 02/16/2013 7:04:06 PM PST by BobL
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May Greg Pickard and Eric Wallace RIP.


14 posted on 02/16/2013 7:09:28 PM PST by Gator113 ( REGISTER THE DAMN LIBERALS and leave my guns alone!!)
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To: livius; narses; secret garden

Closer memories on this one: I lost my brother after a brush fire he was fighting with the Medina VFD, but have not been at the Bryan KofC Hall for many years. (I’m now at a Marietta KofC in GA.)


15 posted on 02/16/2013 7:14:17 PM PST by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but socialists' ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: Zakeet

When I was a kid, downtown Defuniak Springs caught on fire and the local volunteers couldn’t put it out. All the had was a 1928 LaFrance.

They called Eglin AFB and they came and put it out almost immediately. I am not sure if it was the better trained fire fighters or the better equipment which made the difference.


16 posted on 02/16/2013 7:17:07 PM PST by yarddog (One shot one miss.)
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Prayers for the firemen and their families.
17 posted on 02/16/2013 7:17:27 PM PST by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin......Nuff said.)
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To: conservativehistorian
I know many KOC's in this area hold Friday fish fries during Lent. It says nothing was taking place in the hall, at the time of fire, though.

God bless these brave men and their families. So sad.

18 posted on 02/16/2013 7:22:06 PM PST by Jane Long
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