Madison County (TN) Firefighter Dies When Tree Branch Falls on Him

A Madison County Firefighter has died in the line of duty, reports wbbjtv.com (http://bit.ly/1GSD76w)

Officials said while battling an overnight vehicle fire at Highway 18 and Medon-Malesus Road, Chris Blankenship was fatally injured. “During the course of extinguishment, a tree unexpectedly fell on top of Firefighter Blankenship trapping him beneath the tree and the ground,” the release said. 

Firefighter Blankenship was taken to Jackson-Madison County General Hospital after being administered first-aid on scene by fellow firemen. Officials said he later died at the hospital. 

Blankenship was assigned to Fire Station #2 on Riverside Drive. He served 10 years with the department and leaves behind a wife and two children, officials said.

The Fire Department is asking for prayers from the community and said funeral arrangements are pending at this time. 

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