I can’t believe it. Is it me or have there been way too many LODD’s already this year? Now I know that just 1 is too many, but we all know each year firefighters are killed. But to me it seems this year is off to a horrible start.
A Columbia firefighter has died after trying to help evacuate University of Missouri students from their apartments after a second-story walkway collapsed.
The Columbia Fire Department issued a news release Saturday morning announcing the firefighter’s death. He was identified as Lt. Bruce Britt.
The exterior walkway at University Village apartment complex collapsed about 4 a.m. Saturday, but school officials said no apartment residents were hurt.
University Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin issued a statement Saturday expressing his condolences to the family of the firefighter.
University spokesman Christian Basi said there are 12 units in the apartment complex, and 18 people were there at the time of the collapse.