William Scott Tanksley

As road conditions in Dallas began icing over and visibility was hampered by mist and fog, Fire Rescue Officer Tanksley was operating at the scene of an auto accident which occurred on a bridge in Southwest Dallas. Tanksley was setting road flares to warn motorists of the accident when he was reportedly struck by a passing vehicle and fell a significant distance off of the bridge to the ground below. Responding EMS personnel attempted resuscitation efforts en route to the hospital where Fire Rescue Officer Tanksley was pronounced dead. Incident Location: Spur 408 Bridge and Interstate-20 (U. S. National Grid: 14S PB 9252 1663)

Department Information

Dallas Fire Rescue Department
1500 Marilla Street, 7AS
U. S. National Grid: 14S QB 0630 2863
Dallas, Texas 75201

Chief: Louie Bright, III

Fatality status is provisional and may change as USFA contacts State Fire Marshals to verify fatality incident information.

Age: 40 
Rank: Fire Rescue Officer 
Classification: Career 
Incident Date: Feb 10, 2014 20:10
Date of Death: Feb 10, 2014 
Cause of Death: Fall 
Nature of Death: Trauma 
Activity Type: Scene Safety 
Emergency Duty: Yes
Duty Type: On-Scene Non-Fire 
Fixed Property Use: Street/Road