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Texas Deputy Killed As She Tried To Save People From Wildfires

Eastland, TX – An Eastland County sheriff’s deputy was killed on Thursday night as she tried to save community members from the devastating fires that swept the county.

“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 wrote in a post to its official Facebook page on March 18.

“Our sister Barbara Fenley will be deeply missed,” the post continued. “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.”

KTAB reported it was unclear where Eastland County Sheriff’s Deputy Barbara Fenley was killed.

Deputy Fenley is, so far. the only confirmed death resulting from the Eastern County Complex Fires.

The fires have burned 45,000 acres so far and remained only two percent contained on Friday afternoon, KTAB reported.

The communities of Carbon and Gorman were almost completely destroyed by the blaze.

Deputy Fenley’s son has also posted about his mother’s death on Facebook.

“I wanna thank everyone for the thoughts and Prayers, and I wanna thank everyone for helping us find mom,” Jon Fenley wrote. “Unfortunately with the saddest news my mom has passed away, I just ask that you give us privacy in this moment while we collect our thoughts, I love everyone and I know she loved everyone and she loved the community of Gorman and Eastland County.”

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Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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