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Firefighter dies when truck overturns on way to fire

March 20, 2022 GMT

FAIR GROVE, Mo. (AP) — A volunteer firefighter has died in southwest Missouri when the truck he was driving overturned, officials said.

Dustin Brandhorst, 36, died Friday evening while he was responding to a fire at an abandoned structure north of Springfield, KOLR-TV reported.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol said the firetruck Brandhorst was driving went off the road and overturned at an intersection in Fair Grove. He died at the scene.

Brandhorst was a volunteer firefighter with Ebenezer FPD for three years.

Ebenezer Fire Chief Nelson Prewitt said Brandhorst was working toward becoming a full-time firefighter.

“(He was) just was a great guy. He was a servant to his family, and he was a servant to his community,” Prewitt said.