A firefighter died from injuries he sustained while battling a grass fire in the Davis Mountains in West Texas on Sunday, according to fire officials in Weatherford.
Andy Loller, 42, a Weatherford firefighter, was deployed to assist firefighters across the state at the Scenic Loop Complex in Jeff Davis County, Weatherford Fire Marshal Bob Hopkins said.
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Hopkins said Loller suffered a medical emergency while fighting the fire and was flown by helicopter to receive medical treatment. He was stabilized before being put on a medical airplane, but died en route to an Odessa hospital, Hopkins said.
As of June 5, seven wildfires in the Scenic Loop Complex were still active and 18 total have been reported, according to data from the Texas A&M Forest Service.
Local fire departments in the Dallas-Fort Worth area took to social media to express their condolences.
Loller was a 13-year veteran in Weatherford and was assigned to Station 36 on the A-Shift. His death came as a shock, Hopkins said.
"He was physically fit. A wonderful man and dad. He took care of his body and ate well. It's just really sad," he said.
An autopsy will be performed Monday to determine the cause of death, Hopkins added.
Loller is survived by his wife, two children and one sister, Hopkins said.