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Eastland County Deputy Dies While Trying To Save People From Fires

EASTLAND COUNTY, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) - Eastland County Deputy Barbara Fenley died while trying to save people from the massive fires Thursday night.

The Cisco Police Department confirmed the tragic news Friday afternoon, March 18.

"It is with very heavy hearts that today we learned of the death of one our Eastland County Deputies who put it all on the line last night trying to save people from the horrible fires," the Cisco Police Department said on their Facebook page. " Our sister Barbara Fenley will be deeply missed. She was a special servant and an attribute to our profession. We will kneel in prayer for her family, friends and colleagues as they mourn. RIP dear friend, you will be missed."

Barbara Fenley
Barbara Fenley (credit: Jon Fenley)

The Eastland County sheriff's deputy was driving to evacuate residents when her patrol became stuck in a pasture and she was surrounded by a fast moving wildfire.

"She was about 15 feet away from her vehicle when the fire got to her and she couldn't make it," said her sister-in-law Anna Olvera.

Olvera said Fenley was dedicated to service and helping others.

"She was a good woman she loved her community. She loved her job."

Gov. Greg Abbott mentioned Fenley in statement Friday on the Eastland Complex fire.

"I also ask Texans to join me in praying for those who have been affected by these wildfires, including Eastland County Deputy Barbara Fenley who was tragically killed while trying to save lives. We will never forget her sacrifice, and the state will continue to work closely with first responders and local leaders to mitigate these fires and support our communities as they recover," he said.

Approximately 45,000 acres have burned in the fires that started Thursday.

The Texas A&M Forest Service said around 8:20 p.m. the Eastland Complex fire was 15% contained.

There are no other reports of deaths or serious injuries at this point.

The communities of Gorman and Carbon are reportedly almost completely destroyed.


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