The Burnet Fire Department is mourning the loss of firefighter/ EMT, Daniel Hampton. The 35-year-old was killed Friday night when the ambulance he was driving struck an 18-wheeler.
Another firefighter/paramedic was seriously injured as well along with the patient riding with him in the back.
According to troopers, the driver of an 18-wheeler was stopped along SH 29 Friday night to make a left turn into a trucking company.
Troopers say the ambulance, for an unknown reason, rear-ended the 18-wheeler. Hampton died instantly. Timothy Pierce, a firefighter/paramedic, was taken to a hospital with multiple broken bones.
The patient, Donna Girard, was transported to Round Rock Medical Center which was the intended drop off point.
Today Fire Chief Mark Ingram talked about Hampton. He said prior to Hampton serving as a firefighter/EMT, he did two tours in Iraq as a combat medic in the Army. He leaves behind a wife and four children ranging in age from 1-14.
"It was his dream since he was 14 years old to become a firefighter. He was a part-time firefighter here in Burnet for two years. He was a part-time firefighter at Brady Fire department. He was just offered a full-time position at Brady. Last Thursday would've been his day to go complete paperwork at Brady so his wife said to me it was his dream that came true on Thursday." - Chief Mark Ingram, Burnet Fire Department
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday at the Hill Country Fellowship Church.
The Hill Country 100 Club is taking donations to help his family. According to their website…
All donations to the Hampton Family or to Timothy Pierce are to be mailed to HC 100 Club, P.O. Box 381, Burnet, TX 78611. In the memo section of your check(s), please indicate which recipient you are donating to, i.e. “Hampton Family” or “Timothy Pierce.” If you are donating to both, please write separate checks for each recipient. No donation will process through the Web page. Thank you.
Watch Burnet Fire Departments full press conference right here.