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Fallen Firefighter: David Smith

Fallen Firefighter: David Smith


April 27, 2011

According to sheriff’s deputies in the St. Tammany Parish, a man was arrested yesterday and charged with the first-degree murder of Battalion Fire Chief David Smith.

Local news WDSU reports that the suspect was trying to buy a Camaro from the off-duty fire chief when the exchange became heated. The fire chief was found shot to death and stuffed into a trunk early Monday morning.

St. Tammany Parish mourns the loss of their Fire Chief, who served 26 years in Fire District No. 1.

Fire District 1 Chief Larry Hess told WDSU, “(It’s) an exceptional loss. We’re heartbroken. I can’t even put it into words.”