Clarence “Speed” Albert Hartbank

On September 10, 2015, Deputy Chief Hartbank fell approximately 15 feet through the ceiling of a bunker while fighting a grass and structure fire in rural Fremont County, near Lander, Wyoming. Hartbank suffered second- and third-degree burns over 38 percent of his body, seven broken ribs, and a punctured lung. Hartbank was flown to a hospital in Denver and went through numerous surgeries in the months after the incident. On January 13, 2016, Deputy Chief Hartbank passed away as a result of the injuries he sustained.

Department Information

Fremont County Fire District
305 South Smith Road
Riverton, Wyoming 82501

Chief: Craig Haslam

Clarence “Speed” Albert Hartbank 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: 79 
Rank: Deputy Chief 
Classification: Volunteer 
Incident date: Sep 10, 2015 13:20
Date of death: Jan 13, 2016 
Cause of death: Collapse 
Nature of death: Burns 
Activity type: Incident Command 
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Fire 
Fixed property use: Outdoor Property