Miller County firefighter killed in crash; brush truck overturns

Former Assistant Fire Chief Lucas Stephenson pictured outside a fire.
Former Assistant Fire Chief Lucas Stephenson pictured outside a fire.(Miller County Fire Department)
Published: Oct. 27, 2021 at 8:30 AM CDT|Updated: Oct. 27, 2021 at 11:33 AM CDT
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MILLER COUNTY, Ark. (KSLA) - A firefighter is dead following a crash on Tuesday, Oct. 27 in southeast Arkansas.

Lucas Stephenson, 25, was the assistant fire chief for the Mandeville, Arkansas Fire Department.

Stephenson was responding to a crash around 9:30 p.m. on State Highway 296 near Joey Lane in the Mandeville area when the brush truck he was in overturned, killing him, according to Chief Travis Loehr.

Miller County Judge Cathy Harrison said, “Lucas was an integral member of first responders here in Miller County. He would respond to help with any event that required his experience and training, sometimes even alone. We are devastated by his untimely passing and request the public to honor this family, most of which are also firefighters.”

Stephenson was a graduate of Arkansas High School. He became a certified firefighter in 2013 and was promoted to Assistant Fire Chief in 2019. He served with the department for eight years. Stephenson was also a member of the Miller County Dive Team as a Master Diver.

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Texarkana Arkansas Police Accident Investigator Less Munn was back at the scene on Wednesday.

“The truck with the water, the tools and those kind of things, as top heavy as it was then began to roll the fire truck at that point at least flipped two or three times.” he said.

Loehr says there are 16 members in this department serving Miller County.

“Yes it’s a tough loss. He was like my brother. We sweat together during the summer and froze to death during the winter. He was my brother and it’s going to be hard,” said Loehr.

Firefighters and the community are honoring Stephenson with a candle light vigil at the fire station. The event begins at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 27. Funeral arrangements are still being made.

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