2 brothers, both Texas firefighters, die in rollover crash returning from fire

Assistant Chief Jonathon Coco and his younger brother, Firefighter Hunter Coco, served with the Maxwell Community Volunteer Fire Department

Duty Death: Jonathon Coco and Hunter Coco - [Maxwell, Texas]

End of Service: 06/20/2022


By Leila Merrill

​LOCKHART, Texas — Maxwell Community Volunteer Fire Department Assistant Chief Jonathon Coco and his brother, Firefighter Hunter Coco, died Monday in a rollover crash outside of Lockhart, Texas, city officials said.

Hunter Coco, 21, and Jonathan Coco, 25, were returning to Maxwell after fighting a wildfire outside of Lockhart when the crash happened, according to a post on the Maxwell Community Volunteer Fire Department’s Facebook page.

Lockhart police officers and firefighters responded to the crash on State Park Road (FM 20) at San Jacinto Street just before 2 p.m., KXAN reported. City officials said around 1:45 p.m., a woman driving south on San Jacinto was hit by the Maxwell brush truck as she turned onto State Park Road. The truck overturned, killing both firefighters.

The woman sustained minor injuries. Police officers gave her a summons for failing to yield the right-of-way.

Jonathan Coco had been with the department since 2016, and Hunter had been a member for a little more than a year.

Lockhart police and the Texas Department of Public Safety are investigating the crash.

“We want to remind all that most of our fire and other emergency services are provided by selfless volunteers like these, and we pray for their families in our shared time of grief,” the department posted on Facebook. “​The members of both the Department and District are grateful to all members of our community who have shown their support and eternal love to all of us and the Coco family in this very trying time.”

 

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