Michael Wayne Johnston, Firefighter

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Firefighter Johnson was the driver and sole occupant of a 2004 GMC fire tanker (tender) responding to a wildland incident.  As the tanker responded, the right wheels left the roadway, Firefighter Johnson overcorrected to the left, the vehicle crossed the roadway and struck an embankment off the left side of the road.  The tanker then overturned, ejecting and fatally injuring Firefighter Johnson.

Firefighter Johnson was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash and excessive speed was cited as a factor in the crash in the law enforcement report.  The wildland fire turned out to be a controlled burn.

Department information

Equality Volunteer Fire Department
Coosa County Road 33
PO Box 13
Equality, Alabama 36036

Chief: Wade Turner

Michael Wayne Johnston 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: 45
Rank: Firefighter
Classification: Volunteer
Incident date: October 18, 2019 15:49
Date of death: October 18, 2019
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: Street/Road