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Memphis firefighter killed in crash identified; 3 other firefighters & civilian injured

The three other firefighters have been released from the hospital, but the civilian's current condition is unknown.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Four Memphis firefighters and one citizen were taken to the hospital after a crash in South Memphis Wednesday night, where one firefighter later died due to injuries caused by the accident, according to a statement released by the City of Memphis.

The Memphis Fire Department identified the firefighter killed as David Pleasant. The department posted the following to social media

"Last night was a somber reminder of the daily dangers our Fire and EMS personnel face as they serve the Memphis community. Memphis Fire Truck 5 was involved in a motor vehicle collision while responding to a residential house fire. Three of our members were treated and released from the hospital; however, Driver David Pleasant, unfortunately, succumbed to his injuries.

David was extremely passionate about his role as a driver for the Memphis Fire Department, and he loved to help people and serve our community. Driver Pleasant began his career with the Division of Fire Services on July 9th, 1990, and faithfully served for 32 years. His legacy will remain in our hearts for years to come.

Our hearts are heavy as we lift up prayers for his family, friends, and Memphis Fire Department brothers and sisters. Sincerely, Gina Y. Sweat, Fire Chief."

Last night was a somber reminder of the daily dangers our Fire and EMS personnel face as they serve the Memphis...

Posted by Memphis Fire Department on Thursday, August 11, 2022

Memphis police said a MFD fire engine was involved in a crash with a truck at Danny Thomas Boulevard and E.H. Crump Boulevard at 8:19 p.m. Wednesday.

Investigators have not said what led to the crash, or if anyone could face charges.

The Memphis Fire Department confirmed the three firefighters who were hospitalized have been released. The civilian's current condition is unknown. The civilian was last said to be in critical condition.

Many continue to send their support and condolences.

"My deepest condolences to the family of the firefighter who lost his life in the line of duty tonight and to the Memphis Fire Department family who lost one of their own. Please pray for this family, three additional firefighters involved in this horrible crash, the heroes who risk their lives each day for us, and for the driver of the other vehicle involved." - Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland

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