New Mexico Firefighter Injured in Fireworks Explosion Dies

Fire Apparatus Operator Jeff Stroble (KRQE)

ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE) – The Roswell firefighter who has been fighting for his life in the hospital has died.

Jeff Stroble was hospitalized in Lubbock after an explosion in June left him and Hoby Bonham seriously injured. A few weeks ago, his recovery took a turn when he developed gastrointestinal bleeding. MORE

Roswell’s Fire Cheif issued the following statement:

    It is with great sadness we announce the passing of one of our own Roswell Fire Department Firefighters. Fire Apparatus Operator Jeff Stroble, 46, passed away in a Lubbock hospital today, July 21st, after battling to recover from his injuries sustained in an explosion on June 5, 2019.

    Services will be announced once arrangements have been finalized.

    On behalf the City of Roswell our thoughts, prayers and deepest condolences are with his family and the entire Roswell Fire Department.


From the U.S. Fire Administration: On June 5, 2019, the City of Roswell (NM) Fire Department was preparing for the community July 4th fireworks show. Driver/Operator Jeff Stroble, 46, was assisting with this preparation when an explosion occurred, injuring him. Stroble was immediately taken to the hospital but passed away on July 21, 2019, from the injuries he sustained in the explosion. He had 17 years of service.