February 11, 2002
A six-alarm fire Monday evening in Dallas took
the life of a firefighter/ paramedic when a wall collapsed
on him and another firefighter.
Vincent Davis, a ten-year Dallas Fire-Rescue veteran, was pulled from the rubble,
transported to Methodist Medical Center and died around 7
p.m. Fellow firefighter/paramedic Chuck Womble was treated
and released for a mild concussion and leg injuries.
According to Dallas Fire-Rescue PIO Lieutenant Doug
Dickerson, the fire began about 5:30 p.m. in a building
unoccupied and under renovation at the Creekside Hills
apartment complex. The fire was quickly upgraded to six
alarms, which drew more than 100 firefighters, 19 engines
and six ladder trucks.
"When the collapse occurred, we knew pretty much right
away that the firefighters were trapped and rescue efforts
were underway almost immediately...our efforts switched to
rescue. We tried to keep the main body of fire away from
the area of the rescue," Dickerson said.
Fire officials said that Davis is married with five
children ages 2 to 14. He was working out of Station 26 on
Mr. Davis' death was the first fatality of a Dallas
firefighter in a blaze since Dale Wayne Rhine died in
February 1987 while fighting a house fire in Oak Cliff,
according to fire department records.
There was a Critical Incident Stress Management Team on
the scene last night working at a nearby fire station with
the companies involved in the rescue, Dickerson said. "We
made sure we addressed that before those companies left
the scene," he said. Peer counselors were available and
all companies at the incident were being debriefed.
Texas State Fire Marshall's Office, Dallas Fire-Rescue
investigators and an ATF team were on the scene looking
into the cause of the fire and the fatality, Dickerson
All arrangements are pending and will be posted on
Firehouse.com and the Dallas Fire-Rescue web site.
Funeral Arrangements Set for
Fallen Dallas Firefighter
Arrangements have been made for fallen Dallas
firefighter Vincent L. Davis. There will be a wake on
Friday, February 15, 2002 from 12:00 noon until 5:00 p.m.
The wake will be held at the Laurel Land Funeral Home,
6000 S. R.L. Thornton Freeway in Dallas. Laurel Land
Funeral Home may be contacted at 214.371.1336.
Funeral services will be held at Concord Baptist
Church, 6808 Boulder Drive in Dallas. The service is
scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m.
The burial will take place in Alton, Illinois at the