Hugh “Bubba” Ferguson

Fire Chief

Chief Ferguson was on the scene of a vacant residential structure fire. Chief Ferguson was attempting to establish a water supply by dragging a 4-inch supply line to a fire hydrant. While attempting to connect to the hydrant, Chief Ferguson collapsed.

Firefighters began CPR and Chief Ferguson was flown by medical helicopter to a regional care facility. Chief Ferguson was pronounced dead at the hospital due to a heart attack.

The Texas State Fire Marshal’s Office prepared a detailed report on this incident. The report is available at

Incident Location: Commerce Street and Woodward Street (U.S. National Grid: 15R TN 3412 4348)

photo of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial
Hugh “Bubba” Ferguson 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.

Department information

Damon Volunteer Fire Department
PO Box 118, 3523 Cedar ST
U.S. National Grid: 15R TN 3445 4345
Damon, Texas 77430

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Age: 52
Rank: Fire Chief
Classification: Volunteer
Incident date: April 21, 2014 23:00
Date of death: April 21, 2014
Cause of death: Stress/Overexertion
Nature of death: Heart Attack
Activity type: Incident Command
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Fire
Fixed property use: Vacant Property

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