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Firefighter Steven Ackerman found dead in basement of Brandon, South Dakota house fire

Firefighter Steven Ackerman, 38, with Valley Springs Fire & Rescue has been officially identified as the firefighter killed late last (Sunday) night during a house fire in Brandon, Dakota. A civilian also died in that fire.

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According to Brandon Police Chief David Kull, 47-year-old homeowner David Smith was transported to a Sioux Falls hospital where he was pronounced dead.

At 10:41 p.m., firefighters were ordered to exit the home and at 11:01 p.m., a Valley Springs volunteer firefighter was reported missing. At 1:30 a.m., his body was located in the basement of the home.

The identity of the firefighter has not been released at this time.

Argus Leader:

Tea Fire Chief Jeff Stahlecker received word of the loss of a fellow volunteer firefighter by phone. Several volunteer firefighters from other departments told him the news Monday morning. Stahlecker was shocked. He said it’s rare to hear about the loss of a volunteer firefighter because they aren’t dealing with the huge blazes departments in larger cities fight. “We leave our families to go help our other family and when something like this happens it’s never good,” Stahlecker said. “I feel really sorry for the family and volunteer firefighters, it’s tough losing a brother.”

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