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Outpouring of Condolences on Social Media for Fallen San Antonio Firefighter

20 May, 2017, 08:56 | Author: Mae Harvey
  • Outpouring of Condolences on Social Media for Fallen San Antonio Firefighter

The San Antonio Fire Department is coming together to mourn the loss of one of its own. Phipps sustained serious burns and is in critical but stable condition at the San Antonio Military Medical Center.

The conditions in the building were "horrendous", Hood said, as the smoke and heat, fanned by heavy winds, had increased dramatically.

Hood said the fire was so intense that parts of the building started collapsing and crews had to go on the defensive. Because the situation was becoming too risky, Hood said the rest of the firefighters had to evacuate the building, leaving Deem behind. "But we had the risk of losing an additional 15 or 20 firefighters if we did not go defensive on the fire".

Through tears, Chief Hood described Firefighter Scott Deem as a San Antonio native and family man who was expecting his third child with wife, Jennifer Deem.

A procession was held after Deem's body was placed in an ambulance to be taken to the medical examiner's office.

"In the days to come, we ask that all Texans join us in sending their well wishes to those injured in this incident for a full and speedy recovery, and in keeping everyone affected by this fire in their thoughts and prayers", he said.

"We took the flag from his station, and we draped him in that flag".

"At the time, we were going to do anything humanly possible to go in and find our two brothers", Hood said. Three other firefighter were injured.

"I'd like to ask the citizens of San Antonio to give us your prayers tonight, because we're hurting", said Hood. "But we're gonna continue to do the good job we always do", he said.

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