Darrell Lavon Plank, Firefighter

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Firefighter Darrell Lavon Plank died in the hospital several days after suffering a traumatic brain injury while at the scene of a working residential structure fire near Montezuma, GA, on Saturday, May 20, 2017.

According to initial reports, Firefighter Plank was donning protective gear when the accident occurred. As other firefighters were setting up a hose line, the fire hose snagged on a truck, causing a coupling to strike Plank in the head knocking him to the ground.

Firefighter Plank was treated at the scene and rushed to the hospital where a CT scan showed he had suffered a stroke on the left side of his brain. Firefighter Plank later underwent surgery, but succumbed to his injury on the evening of May 23, 2017.

Incident Location: 227 Hawk Cir, Oglethorpe, GA 31068 (U.S. National Grid: 16S GA 7596 8817)

Department information

Macon County Fire Rescue
2630 Fields Crossing RD
U.S. National Grid: 17S KR 2329 8385
Montezuma, Georgia 31063

Chief: Micah Kauffman

Fatality status is provisional and may change as USFA contacts State Fire Marshals to verify fatality incident information.

Age: 29
Rank: Firefighter
Classification: Volunteer
Incident date: May 20, 2017 16:30
Date of death: May 23, 2017
Cause of death: Struck By
Nature of death: Trauma
Activity type: Setup
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Fire
Fixed property use: Residential