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Drunk Fireman Fatally Crashes Into Another Fireman

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An Indiana volunteer firefighter was allegedly driving drunk when he crashed into another firefighter, killing him.

Colby Blake, 26, hit the rear of another truck, and then hit another truck, which hit and killed 27-year-old Kendall Murphy, the Daily Mail reports.

The tragedy occurred around 10 p.m. on Nov. 10, when firefighters from the towns of Montgomery and Channelburg responded to a vehicle crash in which a man was trapped inside his car.

The site was a rural road in Daviess County, about 115 miles southwest of Indianapolis.

Murphy was pronounced dead at the scene. Blake, whose blood alcohol level was double the legal limit, was not injured.

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News of Murphy's death hit the two towns hard.

"This is going to have a tremendous impact on these folks," said ISP Sgt. Philip Hensley to The Indiana Star, referring to citizens of the two towns. "Our hearts certainly go out to the families involved."

On social media, Murphy was remembered by friends as a man of strong faith who helped local youth as a basketball coach, reports The Indiana Star.

Blake is charged with reckless driving and operating while intoxicated causing death, according to the news release. He is currently being held at a county jail. 

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The man trapped inside his car was also arrested for drunk driving, Hensley added.

In 2015, the most recent year for which data is available, 13 firefighters died in vehicle-related incidents nationwide, according to the National Fire Protection Association Journal.

Among those 13 were two who died in a helicopter crash, two who died in ambulance crashes, one who died in a fire department pickup truck crash, one who was struck by a drunk driver while he was directing traffic, one who was struck by a vehicle while working a vehicle crash, one who was struck by a vehicle while directing traffic, and one who was deliberately struck by an angry driver while working at a charity fundraiser. 

Regarding the United States population at large, 10,265 people died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes in 2015, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That number represents 29 percent of all traffic-related deaths in the United States.

Nearly 1.1 million drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics in that year. Drugs other than alcohol figured in about 16 percent of the year's motor vehicle crashes.

Sources: Daily Mail, The Indianapolis Star, National Fire Protection Association Journal, CDC / Featured Image: Pixabay / Embedded Images: Daviess County Sheriff's Office via Daily Mail, Pexels

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