Kentucky Wildland Firefighter Dies From September Blaze Injuries

FRANKFORT, Ky. - A wildland firefighter has died from injuries he received last September while working to douse a blaze in western Kentucky.

Donald S. Lam died Thursday. The 58-year-old had served for nearly 12 years as a wildland firefighter for the Kentucky Division of Forestry.

Kentucky Forestry Chief Leah MacSwords called Lam's death "a tremendous loss to our organization."

MacSwords said Lam had been hospitalized in critical condition since the Sept. 7 accident in Livingston County. He was clearing a fire break when a burning tree rolled off a bluff and struck him from behind. The blow left Lam unconscious with serious injuries, including second-degree burns.

The fire had spread from a brush pile that a construction company had set ablaze. MacSwords said charges are pending.


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Very sad news. Our sincere condolences to the Lam family and to the Kentucky Division of Forestry. May he rest in peace.
My condolances to the Lam family and his department.
Thoughts & Prayers going out to our fallen brother and his family.

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