TX Firefighter Training Death Lawsuit Trial Begins

Testimony began Wednesday in a wrongful death lawsuit brought over the deaths of two Kilgore (TX) firefighters in a January 2009 training evolution. Video evidence revealed that the man sent to show Kilgore (TX) firefighters how to use a new ladder truck did not bring or use a safety belt before the training exercise, according to a news report on news-journal.com (http://bit.ly/Irl7Bg). The videotaped testimony reportedly came from Doug Fleming, an instructor with the maker of the 95-foot aerial platform truck the city of Kilgore had purchased in 2008. Alleging gross negligence, the family of fallen firefighter Kyle Perkins is seeking unspecified punitive and other damages from the ap...

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