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Jason Smith


On Tuesday, April 5, 2022, Captain Jason Smith and Firefighter Tyler Morris from the Balko Fire Department were burned when their truck rolled over in a ditch. The two were operating at the scene of the Beaver River Fire in Beaver County. Both were treated in the burn unit at the University Medical Center in Lubbock, TX. Captain Smith was released from the hospital on April 19, 2022, and had a checkup on April 27, 2022. Captain Smith took a turn for the worse and passed away on Sunday, May 8, 2022, from the burn injuries he sustained at the incident. 

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

Department information

Balko Fire Department
Junction 412 & 83 HWY
Balko, Oklahoma 73931

Chief: Robert Marshall

Age: 43
Rank: Captain
Classification: Volunteer
Incident date: April 5, 2022 6:30 p.m.
Date of death: May 8, 2022
Cause of death: Vehicle Collision - Includes Aircraft
Nature of death: Burns
Activity type: Driving/Operating Vehicle/Apparatus
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Fire
Fixed property use: Outdoor Property

Last updated: May 10, 2022