CLAY COUNTY, KENTUCKY - A Kentucky volunteer firefighter has died from injuries he received while battling a wildfire.
Rodney Collett, 41, worked with two departments, the Bell County Volunteer Fire Department (BCVFD) and the Red Bird Volunteer Fire and Rescue (RBVFR) , which covers parts of Lesley and Clay counties.
According to posts on Facebook by both departments, Collett died of injuries he received while fighting a brush fire with RBVFR on October 29, when he was hit by a tree. He died of his injuries on Thursday.
"Rodney was a great man and had one of the biggest hearts you will ever find and loved serving his community," said the BCVFD on Facebook. "Our hearts and prayers go out to the family."
The RBVFR shared these words about Collett on Facebook. "It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that we share the passing to eternal glory of our brother in service Ted Rodney Collett. Red Bird Vol. Fire & Rescue, along with Bell Co. Fire Dept. has lost a beautiful, dedicated, one of a kind soul that in his few years in the fire service reminded all of those around us the difference that one person can make in his lifetime! We ask during this difficult time to continue to remember his family in your prayers and give them the privacy they need until they are ready to celebrate not only his life in the fire service, but his lifetime of cherished memories that his family and friends have of this beautiful angel! Chief Clifford Berry will be the contact person and liaison for the family and fire service at this time. More information will be shared as the family wishes."
Over the past 15 years, 209 firefighters have died across the country while responding to wildfires.
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