Condolences pour in for firefighter Darrell Morrison

November 21, 2018 4:36 pm

Condolences have been expressed by fire departments across the prairies following the death of a 46-year-old volunteer firefighter who was fatally struck by a passing semi while responding to a highway collision near Rosetown.

Darrell James Morrison, 46, died Wednesday morning after responding to a call for assistance.

“Heavy hearts are present today, as we express our sincere sympathies to our Brothers and Sisters of the Rosetown Fire Department, who lost one of their own in a Line of Duty Death earlier today,” La Ronge fire wrote in a Facebook post hours after Morrison’s death.

“We stand with you and by you.”

Rosetown RCMP, fire crews from Rosetown and Biggar, as well as emergency medical services from Rosetown were called Wednesday morning to the scene of a collision between two semi trucks on Highway 4, approximately 23 kilometres north of Rosetown. No one was injured in the collision.

While first responders were at the scene, Morrison — a volunteer firefighter in Rosetown since January 2015, according to his Facebook page — was hit by a semi truck and suffered fatal injuries, RCMP said in a news release.

RCMP said life-saving efforts were made by Morrison’s colleagues at the scene. He was then transported to hospital in Rosetown but died a short time later.

Doug Lapchuk, president of the Saskatchewan Volunteer Firefighter Association, offered “our deepest and most sincere sympathies to Chief Dennis Ogg and the members and families of the Rosetown Fire Department.

“There are simply no words to help you in this time but be assured you and yours are in our thoughts and prayers.”

The Saskatchewan Association of Fire Chiefs said the organization was “heartbroken” about Morrison’s death.

“We all share in the burden of your loss and hope this is a small measure of comfort to the family, colleagues, friends and community.”

“RIP brother you have served with pride,” wrote Kindersley's Fire Department on its Facebook page. “We will take it from here.”

Warman Fire Rescue, on its official Twitter account, offered thoughts and prayers “to the family, Department, and Community, whose loss cannot be put into words. Rest In Peace Brother.”