Fallen Hero

David A. Curlin
Pine Bluff Fire Department - May 22, 2010

Lieutenant Curlin and the members of his fire department were dispatched to a fire in a commercial occupancy at 0445 hours. Firefighters found a working fire in an office building and initiated an interior attack. Firefighters found fire in the attic of the structure and began to evacuate the interior. Approximately 30 minutes into the fire fight, Lieutenant Curlin and another firefighter were operating a handline on the exterior of the structure when a collapse occurred. Lieutenant Curlin was trapped in debris and was removed by other firefighters using hydraulic tools. He was transported to a local hospital and was treated for crush and thermal injuries. He was transported to a regional hospital and then to a care facility. He died on May 22, 2010. Lieutenant Curlin's death was a result of the injuries he received on January 3, 2010.

He was a 1988 graduate of Watson Chapel High School and in 1990 he joined the United States Marine Corps to serve in Desert Storm. After his service he joined the Pine Bluff Fire Department and worked fourteen years as a firefighter rising to the rank of lieutenant and also served as the training officer. He was also a member of the Watson Chapel Volunteer Fire Department.

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