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Texas firefighter dies after hit by vehicle during call

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Posted at 3:24 PM, Oct 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-15 16:24:01-04

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A veteran South Texas firefighter has died after being struck by a commercial vehicle while responding to a call at a San Antonio hotel.

The San Antonio Fire Department reports 49-year-old Greg Garza died Tuesday. Chief Charles Hood says the death appears to be an accident.

A department statement says firefighters were called to a Comfort Suites to assist with an electrical issue.

Hood says Garza got off a firetruck, apparently tripped or stumbled and was hit by a passing van. The driver remained at the scene.

Garza was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Mayor Ron Nirenberg offered condolences and tweeted that Garza had honorably served as a San Antonio firefighter for 17 years.