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Incident Name:
Date:  10/4/99
Personnel: Jeffrey Scott Thompson
Age: 20
Agency/Organization: Howell County Rural Fire Department, West Plains, MO
Position: firefighter

Summary: Firefighter Thompson and other members of his fire department responded to a grass fire that was caused when some power lines fell. The line had fallen on a fence and had energized it. The Fire Chief warned all firefighters that fences in the area were energized and to avoid them. Firefighter Thompson and two other firefighters were advancing a booster line to control the fire when they came in contact with a fence. All three were electrocuted. EMS care was provided by other firefighters on the scene and the injured were evacuated by air. Firefighter Thompson died that day. The two other firefighters survived their injuries, although some of the injuries were very serious.

 

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