Fallen Hero

Don Payton
Thayer, Missouri / Mammoth Spring, AR - September 8, 1997

While responding, mutual aid for Mammoth Spring, to a motor vehicle collision, Captain Payton (57) and firefighter Carpenter (38) were involved in a fatal accident on a stretch of rpad south of Mammoth more commonly known as "Cold Springs Curve."  The fire turck they occupied collided head on with a dump truck.  The police reported that the dump truck crossed the center line and struck the fire truck. 

In remembrance of these brave souls, the Thayer Fire Department retired their badge numbers and the designator of the apparatus they were in.

Captain Payton - FD 3

Firefighter Carpenter FD 15

Apparatus T 2

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