Jason Keith Hensley, Probationary Firefighter

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Probationary Firefighter Jason Keith Hensley responded to a call for service of a tree blocking the roadway. Firefighter Hensley's POV was parked behind the fire department's brush truck and a police department vehicle was also on the scene. All emergency vehicles had their lights activated. Just after midnight, a pickup traveling eastbound on US Highway 70 approached the scene and failed to stop. The vehicle first struck Firefighter Hensley, who was wearing his reflective gear, killing him instantly, then crashed into the other vehicles at the scene. The driver of the vehicle spent the night in the hospital from injuries received and has since been charged by police with driving while impaired, no operator’s license, reckless driving, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Incident Location: 3186-A US 70 E (U.S. National Grid: 17S MV 4542 5603)

Department information

Triple Community Fire Department Inc.
505 Mountain View Drive
U.S. National Grid: 17S MV 4424 5585
Morganton, North Carolina 28655

Chief: Tim Williams

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

Age: 40
Rank: Probationary Firefighter
Classification: Volunteer
Incident date: October 9, 2017 23:23
Date of death: October 8, 2017
Cause of death: Vehicle Collision - Includes Aircraft
Nature of death: Trauma
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Non-Fire
Fixed property use: Street/Road