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Two Firefighters Killed In Ordway Fire Bridge Collapse

by: Nina

CROWLEY COUNTY – NEWSCHANNEL13 has now confirmed the names ofboth firefighters killed whilebattling the raging wildfire in Ordway.

The family of 30-year-oldTerry DeVore tells us he and another firefighter were crossing a bridge while riding in a fire truck. The bridge collapsed, trappingthe two men underneath.

Wednesday morning, it was confirmed the second firefighter killed was 38-year-old John Schwartz. Both men worked for theOlney Springs Fire Department.

Ari Zavaras, Executive Director of the Department of Corrections, expressed the sorrow of the Department’s staff when he said, “not only did these two fine men serve the public by upholding safety and security in their daily jobs, but they further served their communities by volunteering. That they paid the ultimate price is a tragedy. The DOC family extends our heartfelt condolences to the DaVore and Schwartz families.”

Sergeant Davore began his career with the DOC in December 2004. He had been involved with the Olney Springs Volunteer Fire Department for ten years.

John Schwartz, Jr. joined the DOC in December of 2007 and had recently joined the volunteer force.

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