Arkansas Fire Chief Killed During Call In Severe Storms

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An Arkansas fire chief is among the seven people killed during severe weather in the South and Midwest.

Early Sunday morning, April 30, 2017, Cove Creek/Pearson Fire Chief Doug Deckard was out serving his community during the midst of a torrential thunderstorm. While checking a particular area, Doug was involved in a tragic accident and was killed. According to KATV, Deckard was killed after being struck by a vehicle while checking water lines.

Doug served over 40 years as a firefighter, and was also the coordinator of the Cleburne County Search and Rescue Team, as well as holding multiple other roles across the county.

The Cleburne County Sheriff’s Office wrote on their Facebook page: “He was a wonderful member of our community, and his kindness, work ethic, and enthusiasm will be sorely missed. His willingness to serve our community should be a shining example to us all. Please keep his family in your prayers I’m this time of great need. Rest in peace brother, we’ll take it from here.”