Brendan Torres and Curtis Brown, 2 Texas Firefighters Died in A Crash with A Tractor-Trailer

Texas Fire Chief Curtis Brown, 51, and a 19-year-old Firefighter volunteer Brendan Torres lost their lives in a fatal vehicle collision.

Dalhart Volunteer Fire Department confirmed the tragic news on their Facebook page and poured their condolences.

Including these two men, this crosses the 76th and 77th firefighter fatalities in 2022, as per the data of US Fire Administration.


Firefighter Chief Curtis Brown And Volunteer Brendan Torres Died

On Tuesday, 4th October, Chief Curtis Brown and young firefighter Brendon Torres were heading back to the station U.S. 54 after attending a call. CBS affiliate KFDA-TV reported the news.

It was then when a head-on crash occurred when a semi-trailer tried to overtake another vehicle and slammed the firefighter men. The fatal crash happened at around 8.40 pm.

Chief Brown and Brendan Torres were declared dead on the scene.

The truck driver suffered some injuries and was rushed to a nearby hospital.


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Condolences And Honor Bestowed To Two Firefighter Men

The entire Texas and other parts are grieving the loss of the two brave men. They died while doing their duty.

“It is with hearts full of sadness and grief, that we inform you, last night DVFD lost 2 of our own in a vehicle accident,” the department wrote. “Please give the families, Firefighters, and their families space and time as we figure out how to move forward.”

Justin Moore, Mayor of Dalhart Fire Department also asked all the businesses to half staff flag within the city to bestow honor on the two firefighters. Moreover, condolences and tributes began to pour in.

A joint proclamation was also issued by Hartley County Judge Ronnie Gordon and Dallam County Judge Wes Ritchey. It announced October 6 as “Curtis Brown and Brendan Torres Day.”

Their commitment and dedication to counties were commendable and acknowledged by people. Hence, the day will be a celebration of life as a tribute to both men.


Young Firefighter Brendon Torres Joined At 18

Brendon Torres was determined to join the fire department and applied when he turned 18. He worked hard as Scott White, chief of Harley Volunteer Fire said

“I think Brendan carried that application around with him for a year for Dalhart Fire Department the day he turned 18. He walked in and handed it to Curtis — he was that kid. He was the first one if he was available, he was the first one at the station. He lived and breathed it. I spent a lot of time with him and he was a great kid.”


The funeral procedure will take place on 10th October, Monday as cited by the Fire Department.

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