Gus Losleben

Lieutenant Losleben was driving a 2,000 gallon fire department tanker (tender) in a non-emergency mode to a structure fire incident. The tanker entered a sharp curve and crossed the center line of the roadway into oncoming traffic.

Lieutenant Losleben attempted to correct by steering but the back end of the tanker came around. The tanker struck or was struck by an oncoming fully loaded log truck.

Lieutenant Losleben and the driver of the log truck were killed in the crash. A passenger in the log truck received serious injuries. All 3 vehicle occupants required extrication. The speed at which the tanker was being operated was cited as a factor in the law enforcement report.

Incident Location: 1710 Hollands Creek Road (U.S. National Grid: 16S CD 9884 8255)

Department Information

Hardin County Fire Department
465 Main ST
U.S. National Grid: 16S CD 8622 9872
Savannah, Tennessee 38372

Chief: Melvin Martin

Gus Losleben 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: 69 
Rank: Firefighter 
Classification: Volunteer 
Incident date: Dec 9, 2014 09:30
Date of death: Dec 9, 2014 
Cause of death: Vehicle Collision - Includes Aircraft 
Nature of death: Trauma 
Activity type: Driving/Operating Vehicle/Apparatus 
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: Responding 
Fixed property use: Residential