The Memphis Fire Department is in mourning after one firefighter was killed and three others were critically injured Wednesday night in a violent traffic accident.MFD identified the fallen firefighter as David Pleasant, who served with the department for 32 years.
“Tonight we suffered a great loss,” the fire department wrote on social media. “Please keep the Memphis Fire Department and the families of the firefighters involved in your prayers.”
The firefighters were responding to a fire in the 500 block of Cambridge Avenue when the fire truck was involved in a crash with a pickup truck.
The other four victims, including a civilian, remain in the hospital.
“My deepest condolences to the family of the firefighter who lost his life in the line of duty tonight and to the Memphis Fire Department family who lost one of their own,” Mayor Jim Strickland said in a statement.
Media Release: Motor Vehicle Collison E.H Crump @ Wellington Four (4) firefighters and One (1) civilian were transported. pic.twitter.com/DBXWK8MNkt— Memphis Fire Department (@MEM_Fire) August 11, 2022