Madison County Firefighter Dies From Tree Injuries

Posted at 3:20 PM, May 03, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-30 14:21:28-04

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) -- Authorities said a Madison County firefighter died from injuries he sustained when a tree fell on him.

The Jackson Sun reported firefighters had responded to a vehicle fire on Highway 18 Sunday morning.

During the fire, Madison County Fire Chief Eric Turner said a tree broke and fell on top of firefighter Chris Blankenship, trapping him underneath the tree.

Blankenship's colleagues were able to free him and take him to Jackson-Madison County General Hospital, where he later died from his injuries.

Blankenship had been a member of the Madison County Fire Department for ten years. 

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