The City of Memphis and the Memphis Fire Department have identified the firefighter killed late Wednesday night after a crash with a car in South Memphis.
Driver David Pleasant, a veteran firefighter with more than 30 years with MFD, was rushed to the hospital along with three other firefighters and the driver of the second vehicle. Pleasant was pronounced dead at Regional One Health.
The crash occurred at the intersection of E.H. Crump Boulevard and Wellington Street, Memphis police said.
The firefighters were responding to a house call on Cambridge Avenue in the Trigg neighborhood.
Memphis Fire Department Chief Gina Sweat, whose career began just two years after Pleasant's, released a statement Thursday morning.
"David was extremely passionate about his role with the Memphis Fire Department, and he loved to help people and serve our community. Driver Pleasant began his career with the Division of Fire Services on July 9, 1990, and faithfully served for 32 years. His legacy will remain in our hearts for years to come."
"My deepest condolences to the family of the firefighter who lost his life in the line of duty tonight and to the Memphis Fire Department family who lost one of their own," Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland said in a statement Thursday morning.
Micaela Watts is a reporter for The Commercial Appeal and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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