Jury finds ladder truck maker, Kilgore Fire Department guilty in firefighters death
POSTED: Monday, May 14, 2012 - 5:49pm
UPDATED: Monday, May 14, 2012 - 6:09pm
Jurors in Longview found the maker of a ladder truck from which two firefighters fatally fell — and the Kilgore Fire Department — equally at fault for the 2009 training exercise deaths.
Wrapping up an eight-day wrongful death suit, the panel reviewed the case brought by the family of Kilgore firefighter Kyle Perkins four hours before awarding more than $800,000 in damages.
The finding that Perkins’ department was half to blame for the fatal accident, which also took the life of fireman Cory Galloway, means all but $192,500 awarded as punitive damages will be cut in half.
Read more here at the Longview-News-Journal.