Ruben Lopez, District Chief

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On December 4th, District Chief Ruben Lopez was killed in a residential structure fire while attempting to rescue one of the house's occupants. The firefighter and the victim were caught in a flashover. Both the firefighter and the victim were killed.

Department information

Houston Volunteer Fire Department
4122 O'Mera
Houston, Texas 77025

Chief: Jay S. Evans

Ruben Lopez 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: 39
Rank: District Chief
Classification: Volunteer
Incident date: December 4, 1996
Date of death: December 4, 1996
Cause of death: Stress/Overexertion
Nature of death: Heart Attack
Activity type: Search and Rescue
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Fire
Fixed property use: Residential