LODD: Tenn. firefighter killed, 3 injured in apparatus crash

A pickup driver reportedly ran a red light, causing the apparatus to flip onto its side; Memphis Driver David Pleasant served for 32 years

Duty Death: David Pleasant - [Memphis, Tennessee]

End of Service: 08/10/2022

UPDATE: (11:02 a.m. CDT)

By Leila Merrill

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The firefighter who died after a Memphis Fire Department vehicle and a pickup truck crashed has been identified as David Pleasant, 59.

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, the pickup driver ran a red light, hit the apparatus, and caused it to roll onto its side.

Memphis Fire Truck 5 was responding to a house fire, the department said.

Pleasant was a driver and served for 32 years.

“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,” Fire Chief Gina Y. Sweat wrote in a Facebook post. “His legacy will remain in our hearts for years to come.”


By Kerri Hatt

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A Memphis Fire Department firefighter has died and three others are injured after a crash in South Memphis Wednesday night.

According to a City of Memphis media release, a MFD vehicle was involved in a collision while the firefighters were responding to an alarm.

Four firefighters were transported to Regional One Trauma Center, where one succumbed to injuries. The other three remain hospitalized.

“We ask for prayers and comfort for the family, friends, and fellow Memphis firefighters,” the release reads.

Action News 5 reported a pickup truck driver ran a red light, causing the apparatus to flip. The civilian driver was also transported to Regional One in critical condition.


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