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Texas: San Antonio Firefighter Struck and Killed

All that the San Antonio Fire Department asked for were prayers after one of its own died Tuesday after he was hit by a vehicle while working a scene.Chief Charles Hood at a news conference identified 17-year veteran Greg Garza, 49, as the fallen firefighter, describing him as a gregarious man who always had a smile on his face.

“This just shakes you to the core,” Hood said.

Garza was responding to an electrical fire with Station 1 around 7 a.m. at the downtown Comfort Suites. When the crews arrived at 505 Live Oak, Hood said it seemed like Garza stumbled or tripped getting off a fire truck and was hit by a passing Culligan Van.

The driver stopped to render aid and stayed on scene to cooperate with police. Hood said the driver was grief stricken over what happened. At this point, no criminal charges are expected.

The area around the hotel was blocked off for more than two hours as the Traffic Investigation Division, or TID, collected evidence at the scene.

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