Todd Wesley Krodle, Lieutenant

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Lieutenant Krodle and his ladder crew were dispatched to a fire in an apartment building. Firefighters found a working fire upon their arrival. Lieutenant Krodle and his crew were ordered to vent the roof. Lieutenant Krodle and another firefighter accessed the roof over a ground ladder and prepared to make their first cut. Lieutenant Krodle was walking toward the ridge when the roof structure failed and he dropped into the attic. The firefighter that was on the roof with Lieutenant Krodle attempted to reach into the hole with tools and with his hand to grab Lieutenant Krodle but was unable to do so. A mayday was called and firefighters attempted to locate Lieutenant Krodle from the apartments below. Firefighters found Lieutenant Krodle part way through the ceiling of an apartment. He was hung up on structural elements and wire. Firefighters attempted to pull him through but were unable to do so. A chain saw was used to cut wooden joists, freeing Lieutenant Krodle. He was removed from the structure and provided with emergency medical treatment. Despite the efforts of firefighters, Lieutenant Krodle died as the result of smoke inhalation. Incident Location: 5606 Plum Grove Lane (USNG: 14S PB 9520 2453).

Department information

Dallas Fire Department
1500 Marilla ST, L1CS
USNG: 14S QB 0630 2863
Dallas, Texas 75201

Chief: Acting Fire Chief Louie Bright

Todd Wesley Krodle 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: 41
Rank: Lieutenant
Classification: Career
Incident date: August 14, 2011 16:12
Date of death: August 14, 2011
Cause of death: Collapse
Nature of death: Asphyxiation
Activity type: Ventilation
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Fire
Fixed property use: Residential

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