The flag at the McPherson Fire Department will be lowered to half-staff today to honor a fallen firefighter from the Dallas Fire Department.
According to a message posted on Facebook from McPherson Fire Chief Jeff Deal, Firefighter William "Scott" Tanksley from Station #12 of Dallas Fire and Rescue died in the line of duty while assisting with a motor vehicle crash on Monday.
According to a Dallas police report, Tanksley was assisting someone whose car had lost traction about 8 p.m. along southbound Patriot Parkway. That car was parked along the shoulder of the iced-over bridge.
At the same time, someone headed south on the overpass “lost traction on the ice as a result of unsafe speed,” and hit the parked car, which then hit Tanksley. The report says the firefighter was “knocked over the west side of the bridge,” and that he fell 56 feet onto the eastbound I-20 ramp.
Tanksley was taken by ambulance to Methodist Dallas Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead “as a result of blunt force trauma injuries sustained in the crash,” according to the report. Emergency workers had hoped to transport him via CareFlite, said Jason Evans, Dallas Fire-Rescue spokesman, but conditions were deemed too dangerous.
Firefighter Tanksley was a childhood and personal friend of McPherson Firefighter William Lulloff. The two grew up together in Texas, and have stayed friends over the years. They had a close bond following and supporting each other’s careers and families.
Firefighter Tanksley leaves behind a wife and three children. His service and sacrifice is a testament to the perils that the job of firefighting poses to firefighters every day. He was a man of honor and courage. Our hearts and prayers go out to him, his family and his department.
Please take a moment today to remember Firefighter Scott Tanksley, and all the firefighters and their families who sacrifice so much.