Strother volunteer firefighter dies after fight with colleague
BY Associated Press
Friday, February 15, 2013
STROTHER — Authorities said a volunteer firefighter in Oklahoma has died after a fight with another firefighter at the Strother Fire Department.
Seminole County Sheriff Shannon Smith said 56-year-old Dale Patterson died at OU Medical Center after the fight early Thursday.
Strother Fire Chief Nicholas Nadeau tells Oklahoma City television station KOCO that Patterson joined the department as a volunteer firefighter six years ago. He said Patterson had risen to the rank of captain and also served as the department's chaplain.
He said Patterson previously worked as a drug enforcement officer in New Mexico before moving to Oklahoma to retire.
Few details were released about the altercation, but authorities said no arrests have been made. The name of the other firefighter involved in the fight has not been released.