Mickey Lewis Yates, Fire Chief

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Chief Yates and the members of his fire department were responding to a report of a vehicle crash. Chief Yates responded in his personal vehicle, a 2001 Chevrolet pickup truck.

A Deputy Sheriff, driving his vehicle in the same direction as Chief Yates, was also responding to the incident. As the Deputy Sheriff made a left-hand turn toward the incident scene, Chief Yates also turned left and entered the intersection at the same time as the law enforcement officer. The vehicles collided and Chief Yates’ vehicle entered a ditch, struck a driveway embankment, and rolled. Chief Yates was ejected from his vehicle and ended up trapped under his vehicle. Chief Yates’ vehicle then caught fire.

The fire was controlled and Chief Yates was extricated. Chief Yates was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash and his death was caused by traumatic injuries. The law enforcement report on the crash cited failure to yield the right of way and improper passing/overtaking on the part of Chief Yates as factors in the crash.

Incident Location: Highway 492 near Evans Tabernacle Road (16S BB 9152 0317).

Department information

Greenfield Volunteer Fire Department
41 Blake RD
USNG: 16S CA 0932 7745
Hickory, Mississippi 39332

Chief: Pending

Mickey Lewis Yates was honored on the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Emmitsburg, Maryland and was included in the USFA’s annual report Firefighter Fatalities in the United States.
Age: 47
Rank: Fire Chief
Classification: Volunteer
Incident date: July 6, 2013 20:45
Date of death: July 6, 2013
Cause of death: Vehicle Collision - Includes Aircraft
Nature of death: Trauma
Activity type: Responding
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: Responding
Fixed property use: Street/Road