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Durham firefighter dies in accidental fall

Posted March 2, 2010

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— An off-duty Durham firefighter died Tuesday morning when he fell out of a tree while cutting limbs for a tree service, authorities said.

Brad Roberts, 25, was working in the 1100 block of Woodburn Drive when he fell. He was taken to Duke University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Roberts joined the Durham Fire Department in March 2005 and was assigned to Fire Station No. 1.

The Durham Police Department is handling the investigation, but authorities said the fall appears to be an accident.

“Our department is devastated today by the death of one of our firefighters," Durham Fire Chief Bruce Pagan. "The fire service is a very closely knit profession, and we will support each other through this difficult time."


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  • graceb81 Mar 3, 2010

    We lost a good one yesterday. An amazing friend, just an overall wonderful person. He always had a smile on his face and would do anything for anyone. So many of us are at an absolute loss right now, but this is yet another example of how precious life is and how quickly it can be taken. Please keep the family and all us friends in your prayers ... he will forever be remembered for the amazing person he was.

  • SO LOW Mar 3, 2010

    This is one of the most kindest, hard working, promising indiviuals that I have ever met. He is a carbon copy of his family! He will be missed by many!!!

  • fireguy Mar 3, 2010

    RIP Brother, You will be missed by many. This was way to soon to go, but god has a plan. Praying for the Roberts Family and DFD.

  • red355iroc Mar 3, 2010

    We miss you Brad.

  • publicsafety1 Mar 2, 2010

    Go easy Brother Roberts! You will be missed! To all of my DFD brothers KTF!

  • JMackneil Mar 2, 2010

    RIP my brother in red...from a brother in blue.

  • fairyswearboots2 Mar 2, 2010

    may this young man rest in peace ! my condolences to his family

  • dukefanatic Mar 2, 2010

    My prayers are with the Roberts Family and the entire City of Durham Fire Dept. My husband and brother work on his shift and this has been very hard for all to grasp. Our loss is Heaven's gain. RIP

  • pdolan6 Mar 2, 2010

    "Its terrible that our men and women in uniform have to take nd jobs to supplement the pitiful income they make protecting our lives."

    I agree with you JT. Truer words were never spoken. I do not know why it so difficult to give Firefighters, Police and EMT's more money so they don't have to take on off duty jobs to keep up with the cost of living. I suppose it takes an act of congress to make that happen, but some agencies in the northeast can make 81,000 after 6 years of employment, but only make half of that down here....sad. God be with his family and the Department.

  • this is my Screen Name Mar 2, 2010

    I agree completely, jt. What is with our priorities when athletes and actors/singers get millions so we can be entertained, when those who affect and save our lives are so miserably paid. My prayers to the families.