Hugh “Bubba” Ferguson

Chief Ferguson was on the scene of a vacant residential structure fire. Chief Ferguson was attempting to establish a water supply by dragging a 4-inch supply line to a fire hydrant. While attempting to connect to the hydrant, Chief Ferguson collapsed.

Firefighters began CPR and Chief Ferguson was flown by medical helicopter to a regional care facility. Chief Ferguson was pronounced dead at the hospital due to a heart attack.

The Texas State Fire Marshal’s Office prepared a detailed report on this incident. The report is available at

Incident Location: Commerce Street and Woodward Street (U.S. National Grid: 15R TN 3412 4348)

Department Information

Damon Volunteer Fire Department
PO Box 118, 3523 Cedar ST
U.S. National Grid: 15R TN 3445 4345
Damon, Texas 77430

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Hugh “Bubba” Ferguson 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: 52 
Rank: Fire Chief 
Classification: Volunteer 
Incident date: Apr 21, 2014 23:00
Date of death: Apr 21, 2014 
Cause of death: Stress/Overexertion 
Nature of death: Heart Attack 
Activity type: Incident Command 
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Fire 
Fixed property use: Vacant Property