David Merle Pack, Firefighter forestry Aide I

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Forestry Aide I Pack responded to what was described as a “routine” woodland fire. Other firefighters spoke with him as they responded to the incident. At the conclusion of the incident, Forestry Aide I Pack’s pickup truck was found at the edge of a pond near the fire area, the headlights were on and the engine was running. After a foot search failed to locate Forestry Technician I Pack, a search dog was called in. The dog led searchers to Forestry Aide I Pack’s body in the pond. His body was recovered. The reason for Forestry Aide I Pack’s presence in the pond is unknown. He died of drowning. Alcohol consumption may have been a factor in this death.

Department information

TN Department of Agriculture - Forestry Division
390 South Lowe
Suite 10
Cookville, Tennessee 38501-4702

Chief: Rick Merinar - District Forester

David Merle Pack was included in the USFA’s annual report Firefighter Fatalities in the United States.
Age: 63
Rank: Firefighter forestry Aide I
Classification: Career
Incident date: October 29, 1999 20:45
Date of death: October 30, 1999
Cause of death: Other
Nature of death: Drowning
Activity type: Other
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Fire
Fixed property use: Outdoor Property