Clarence “Speed” Hartbank

On September 10, 2015, Deputy Chief Clarence “Speed” Hartbank fell approximately 15 feet through the ceiling of a bunker while fighting a grass and structure fire in rural Fremont County, near Lander, Wyoming. Hartbank suffered second- and third-degree burns over 38 percent of his body, seven broken ribs and a punctured lung. Hartbank was flown to Swedish Medical Center in Colorado and went through numerous surgeries in the months since the incident. On January 13, 2016, Hartbank passed away at the Swedish Medical Center from the injuries he sustained.

Department Information

Fremont County Fire District
305 South Smith Road
Riverton, Wyoming 82501

Chief: Craig Haslam

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

Age: 79 
Rank: Deputy Chief 
Classification: Volunteer 
Incident Date: Sep 10, 2015 13:20
Date of Death: Jan 13, 2016 
Cause of Death: Caught or Trapped 
Nature of Death: Burns 
Activity Type: Advance Hose Lines/Fire Attack (includes Wildland) 
Emergency Duty: Yes
Duty Type: On-Scene Fire 
Fixed Property Use: Outdoor Property