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Dalhart loses two firefighters in tragic accident


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Dalhart loses two firefighters in tragic accident

By Bill Kelly
The Dalhart Texan

The Dalhart Volunteer Fire Department lost two of its own a few days ago during a collision between their vehicle and a truck tractor towing a semi-trailer. Fire Chief Curtis Brown and fireman Brendan Torres, were pronounced deceased on the evening of Tuesday October 4 following the vehicle accident on Highway 54 between Dalhart and Stratford.

According to a report from the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS),

Brown and Torres were traveling southwest on Highway 54 in a 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe. Brown was driving and Torres was a passenger in the vehicle. A 2020 Volvo truck tractor towing a semi-trailer, which was being driven by Anthony Minnaar of McKinney, was traveling northeast on the highway. The 2020 Volvo moved into the opposite lane at approximately 8:40 p.m. to pass another vehicle and struck the Tahoe head-on. Brown and Torres were both pronounced deceased at the scene of the accident by the Dallam Country Justice of the Peace, Carol Smith. Minnaar, the driver of the truck tractor, was transported to Coon Memorial Hospital in Dalhart with non-lifethreatening injuries. His current condition was unknown at press time.

The DPS report stated that the collision took placed approximately 10 miles northeast of Dalhart, and that the weather and road conditions were considered “raining/wet.”

Brown and Torres were returning to the Dalhart fire station after responding to a call earlier that evening. A post was put up on the Dalhart Volunteer Fire Department Facebook page the morning of Wednesday October 5 that officially informed the public about the deaths. The post asked that the families of Torres and Brown, along with the other firefighters and their families, be given space and time as the department decides how to move forward. It is a difficult time for those who work for the City of Dalhart as well, and City Hall closed at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, so no attempt was made to contact anyone from the department or the city for comment.

Dalhart Mayor Justin Moore asked all businesses in Dalhart and the surrounding area to fly flags at half-staff in honor of Brown and Torres.

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