Fight at Oklahoma firehouse leaves one firefighter dead. Strother FD’s chaplain, Capt. Dale Patterson being mourned.

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Bill Finch,  The Seminole Producer:

The altercation occurred in the early morning hours on Thursday after the firefighters had returned from a run. It was during the course of the altercation that Patterson allegedly hit his head on a hard surface at the station.

Communication records showed that an ambulance from the Seminole Fire Rescue responded to the Strother Fire Department at approximately 1:45 a.m.

 

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AP:

Authorities say a volunteer firefighter in Oklahoma has died after a fight with another firefighter at the Strother Fire Department.

Seminole County Sheriff Shannon Smith says 56-year-old Dale Patterson died at OU Medical Center after the fight early Thursday.

Strother Fire Chief Nicholas Nadeau tells Oklahoma City television station KOCO  that Patterson joined the department as a volunteer firefighter six years ago. He says Patterson had risen to the rank of captain and also served as the department’s chaplain.

He says Patterson previously worked as a drug enforcement officer in New Mexico before moving to Oklahoma to retire.

Few details were released about the altercation, but authorities say no arrests have been made. The name of the other firefighter involved in the fight has not been released.

KOCO-TV:

Smith said Dale Patterson, 56, was transported to Seminole Hospital. He was then flown by medical helicopter to OU Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

“Dale had come to me six years ago to become a firefighter,” said Nadeau. “Throughout the six years, he’s made rank of a captain. He showed great leadership, great personality.”

Patterson served as a chaplain for the department and often offered to pray with those who firefighters were helping.

Nadeau said the department is mourning his death while also trying to support the other firefighter involved in the fight. 

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