Indiana Firefighter Killed After Drunk Volunteer Firefighter Runs Him Over
Daviess County, IN - A volunteer firefighter is dead after being ran over by another volunteer firefighter, who was arrested for drunk driving.
The incident occurred about 10 PM on Friday night when Daviess County deputies, volunteer firefighters from the Montgomery Volunteer Fire Department and the Cannelburg Volunteer Fire Department, along with other emergency personnel responded to a report of a car crash on Old Highway 50, just west of County Road 800 East, according to WDRB.
Police said that three volunteer firefighters came to the scene in their personal vehicles, including Kendall Murphy, age 27, of Montgomery.
As a fourth firefighter, Colby Blake, age 26, of Cannelburg, approached the scene in his 2006 Dodge Ram truck, he hit the back of another Dodge Ram truck that was in a ditch beside the road.
Blake's truck continued moving and struck Murphy's 2013 Ford Fusion. Murphy was standing outside of his truck, and was ran over as Blake's truck continued moving.
A third vehicle, a 2007 Ford F350 truck, was then struck by Blake's truck, which finally stopped.
Murphy had numerous injuries, and was pronounced dead at the scene by the Daviess County Coroner.
Blake was not injured. Police began an investigation into what happened, and found that Blake's blood alcohol level was 0.21 percent, well over double the legal limit, according to WTHR.
Blake was charged with Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated Causing Death and Reckless Driving, and is being held at the Daviess County Security Center. He will be formally charged by the Daviess County Prosecutor's Office.
The Indiana State Police are conducting the investigation.
The driver of the initial collision may have been impaired as well. Chief Deputy Allison said that the driver was "uncooperative", and that blood tests are pending.
Murphy was a third-generation volunteer firefighter, and was an elementary school basketball coach at Barr-Reeve Elementary School. He was the son of Washington city firefighter Dwayne Murphy.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Kendall Murphy.