William Scott Tanksley

Fire Rescue Officer Tanksley and his engine company were dispatched along with other Dallas Fire Rescue Department to reports of vehicle crashes on a bridge. Road conditions were icy due to low temperatures and precipitation. Upon their arrival, the engine was staged approximately 150 feet short of the incident scene to block.

The officer of the engine company requested sand for the bridge and then requested that the roadway be shut down due to conditions. The officer communicated by radio with Firefighter Tanksley as he checked on the condition of drivers in other cars.

Fire dispatch contacted the engine officer and asked if he could confirm accountability for his crew, the dispatch center had received a report of a firefighter falling from the bridge. A Personnel Accountability Report (PAR) was conducted and Firefighter Tanksley could not be found.

Firefighter Tanksley was located on a flyover bridge below the original incident scene. He was transported to the hospital but did not survive.

A driver lost control on the bridge and struck Firefighter Tanksley. He fell approximately 56 feet to a lower bridge and sustained fatal injuries.

The Texas State Fire Marshal’s Office prepared a detailed report on this incident. The report is available at https://www.tdi.state.tx.us/fire/fmloddinvesti.html

Incident Location: Spur 408 Bridge and Interstate-20 (U. S. National Grid: 14S PB 9252 1663)

Department Information

Dallas Fire Rescue Department
1500 Marilla Street, 7AS
U. S. National Grid: 14S QB 0630 2863
Dallas, Texas 75201

Chief: Louie Bright, III

William Scott Tanksley 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: 40 
Rank: Fire Rescue Officer 
Classification: Career 
Incident date: Feb 10, 2014 20:10
Date of death: Feb 10, 2014 
Cause of death: Struck By 
Nature of death: Trauma 
Activity type: Support 
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Non-Fire 
Fixed property use: Street/Road