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Incident Name:
Date:  incident date: 9/9/1998; death date: 10/28/1998
Personnel: Ernest Alan McElroy
Age: 40
Agency/Organization: Arkansas Forestry Commission
Position: firefighter, dozer operator, ranger

Summary: Forest Ranger McElroy was plowing a fire line with a bulldozer. The fire overcame his position, he attempted to back out but struck a tree. Ranger McElroy dismounted the bulldozer and proceeded down the fire line on foot. He was burned over 60% of his body but still managed to walk the half mile to a waiting ambulance. Ranger McElroy died of his injuries on October 28, 1998.

from the NIOSH Report:

the dozer the dozer

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Contributors to this article: 2 good people from the Arkansas Forestry Commission who helped with location and RJM

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