A mother and her five children are mourning the loss of her husband, a
firefighter who died trying to put out a building fire in Bryan. Another of his fellow firefighters later died at a hospital.
Lt. Eric Wallace with the Bryan Fire Department, 36, died battling a fire that started at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Groesbeck Street near Palasota Drive in Bryan and remained an active scene into Saturday. Lt. Gregory Pickard died Saturday at a Galveston hospital.
Part of the roof to the Knights of Columbus Hall collapsed as a result of the fire.
Three other firefighters with the Bryan Fire Department were critically injured as a result of their efforts to put out the fire. Police say at least one of them had to be taken by medical helicopter to a burn unit in Galveston.
College Station firefighters and volunteer firefighters from Brazos County also helped in the efforts to stop the fire.
Wallace was a 12-year veteran firefighter with the Bryan Fire Department. He was honored as a 100 Club Firefighter of the Year in 2010 for rescuing a man from a burning home and saving that man's life while off duty.
The 100 Club will present Wallace's widow with a check for $20,000 to help with his family's immediate financial needs.
Donations are being accepted by The 100 Club Survivors Fund, which provides benefits to the dependents of firefighters and law enforcement officers who lose their lives in the line of duty.
Contributions can be sent to the following address:
100 Club Survivors Fund
5555 San Felipe - Suite 520
Houston, TX 77056
On the Web:
The 100 Club -- http://www.the100club.org/home.html