Toxicology results on the firefighters killed in April’s deadly West (TX) fertilizer plant explosion show a few members were intoxicated.
The Dallas Morning News reported (http://dallasne.ws/11RgP22) on the autopsy findings. The amount of alcohol in two firefighters’ systems at the time was higher than the legal limit to drive, and another volunteer who responded and died had traces of marijuana in his system.
Experts and people familiar with the situation said none of that probably affected the outcome of the blast.
“They went there to protect the town,” West Mayor Tommy Muska said of the situation. “In my opinion, they are still heroes. In my opinion, they used their best judgment.”
Read further details on the situation at http://dallasne.ws/11RgP22.
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For more on firefighting stress and other mental health issues, consider Firefighter Mental Health: Are We Really Saving Our Own?, Camaraderie and Organizational Dysfunction, and IS ALCOHOLISM PROTECTED UNDER THE ADA?