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Fire Captain Killed in Accident Involving Farming Equipment

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Jonathan Hernandez2 years ago

A fire captain from Fresno was killed in an off-duty accident.

Details about the Accident Involving the Fire Captain

ABC 30 News is reporting that Fresno firefighters were struggling with the loss of one of their captains on Thursday, after Daniel Lopez-Galvan was killed in an off-duty accident on Thursday morning.

The captain was scheduled to go into work at Station Three on Thursday morning, and it was at about 7:30 a.m. when he hadn’t shown up for work and his crew found out that something horrible had happened to their captain.

Captain Lopez-Galvan was a 15 year veteran who was known for his smile and hard work ethic. Fire Chief Donis said that Chief Lopez-Galvan was working to move some dirt behind his house in Madera County when tragedy hit.

When he didn’t come back in the house to get ready for his shift, his wife went outside to look for him, and found him next to a skip loader. The fire chief clearly experienced a traumatic injury.

Important Information about Farming Accidents

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are hundreds of wrongful deaths involving farmers every year in the United States:

  • 374 farmers were killed in a work-related injury in 2012 – tractor overturns were the leading cause of death.
  • In 2012, there were about 167 agricultural workers were injured in a lot-work-time injury involving farming.
  • 5 percent of injuries sustained in farming accidents result in permanent disabilities. 


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