Skip to comments.Firefighter Killed in Eastland County
Posted on 04/15/2011 6:14:33 PM PDT by txroadkill
A volunteer fireman died fighting a rural fire in southern Eastland County on Friday afternoon.
Gregory M. Simmons, 51, was an Eastland volunteer fireman for 11 years, the Eastland Fire Department said.
The fire began near Kokomo and moved toward Gorman. The fire was not contained as of early Friday evening. Five fires began shortly after noon Friday, and the county said numerous fires remained out of control there.
Simmons was with the Sachse Fire Department for 10 years before moving to Eastland, the department said.
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Greg was incredible, loving man who would not only give you the shirt off his back he would also show up the next day and wash it for you.
please keep his wife Carrie Gayle and his two daughters in your thoughts and prayers.
What we have gathered so far is that he and 8 others were trapped. I do not know the condition of the others but that they survived. He was overcome by smoke, fell into a ditch and was consumed by the fire.
RIP. Condolences to you and your family.
Wind was wicked today. Rough time for fighting wildland fires. Prayers for you and your family.
I am so sorry that your family has to endure this tragedy. May God welcome Greg, and may He give comfort to his wife and daughters.
My condolences, sorry to hear you lost your cousin.
Now, where the hell is Eastland County?
Greg has answered his last alarm, God bless him.
Prayers for you, Carrie Gayle and his two daughters.
So very sorry. Paid heroes are heroes. Volunteer heroes have a special place in Heaven.
I have been praying for all affected by these fires......and now a specific prayer for Carrie Gayle and their daughters..... also prayers for the his brothers, the fire fighters....
I am so sorry for your families loss......
The fire department in Heaven just gained another hero!
Thoughts and prayers to you and your family, and to the fire fighters in your department....
Plumb dab in the middle of Texas. Try Google.
Prayers for your family’s loss! I heard about it today via Facebook. We have had a watertruck ready to go all day in case it gets to our ranch. They closed the schools early in several of the nearby towns here. Still, so shocked to find out there was loss of life with this one. Incredibly sad. Condolences to his wife and daughters.
May our Heavenly Father comfort all who love Greg Simmons.
Prayers for you and the family.
I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. All firemen are heroes, but the volunteer guys...special people to rural people.
From what I heard on the news, the fire is moving at an incredibly fast pace due to the insane winds we had today.
I am so sorry. We will keep you and your family in our prayers.