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Rank: Assistant Fire Chief
Years of Service: 47
Date of Incident: 08/06/2009
Time of Incident: 1430hrs
Date of Death: 08/06/2009
Fire Department: Marlboro Volunteer Fire Company
Address: South Road, Marlboro, VT 05344
Fire Department Chief: David Elliott
Incident Description: Assistant Chief Horton was operating at the scene of a single motor vehicle accident and assisting with the backing of a fire truck so that an ambulance could be moved into position. While outside the truck as the ground guide, and for a cause still under investigation but initially reported by local authorities to be related to a medical emergency causing him to collapse in the path of the vehicle, Horton was struck by the fire apparatus. Assistant Chief Horton was treated on-scene then transported to the Brattleboro Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Incident Location: Pending
Funeral Arrangements: Pending
Memorial Fund Contact and Address: Pending
Tribute is being paid to Assistant Fire Chief John P. “Jack” Horton at http://www.usfa.dhs.gov/fireservice/fatalities/
To date, 61 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2009; 59 from incidents that occurred in 2009 and two from previous year incidents. Year-to-date monthly and annual USFA firefighter fatality reports are posted online @ http://www.usfa.dhs.gov/fireservice/fatalities/statistics/ff_stats.shtm
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