Volunteer Firefighter Dies in Creek County

Saturday, February 21st 2009, 9:31 pm
By: News 9


MANNFORD, Oklahoma -- A volunteer firefighter has died after battling Friday's massive blaze in Creek County.

John Adams, 45, collapsed while backing up his fire truck just west of Mannford. Emergency officials believe he died from natural causes.

Adams was a five-year volunteer for the Silver City Fire Department, where he also served with his wife and 19-year-old son.

Investigators said the 800-acre fire was intentionally set. The fire chief said it takes a special person to risk their life to fight fires.

"Anyone that volunteers at no compensation on a volunteer fire department and puts his life in danger to do this for the community has got to be a good person," said Silver City Fire Chief Brutus Beall.

Adams is also survived by two other young children. His funeral arrangements are pending.