Lawrence “Lance” A. Stone, Firefighter

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Firefighter Stone was responding to report of a fire out of control at a local camping area. He was responding is his personal vehicle, a 2005 Ford F150 pickup truck.

Firefighter Stone lost control of his vehicle, travelled over 100 feet in a ditch, steered back onto the roadway, and then re-entered the ditch traveling 49 feet along a dirt berm. At this point, the vehicle rolled four times and Firefighter Stone was ejected through the windshield.

Incident Location: MVA - One quarter mile East of Darwin Ferry RD and 2100 ST (USNG: 16S DJ 4615 4854); Reported fire call - Wilderness Lake Campground, Melrose Place Township.

Department information

West Union Community Fire Protection District
PO Box 56, 119 W Union ST
USNG: 16S DJ 4241 4096
West Union, Illinois 62477

Chief: Bill Crumrin

Lawrence “Lance” A. Stone was included in the USFA’s annual report Firefighter Fatalities in the United States.
Age: 37
Rank: Firefighter
Classification: Volunteer
Incident date: April 13, 2013 20:12
Date of death: April 13, 2013
Cause of death: Vehicle Collision - Includes Aircraft
Nature of death: Trauma
Activity type: Driving/Riding Personal Vehicle
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: Responding
Fixed property use: Street/Road