San Antonio Fire Department is mourning the loss of a 17-year-veteran after he was hit off a fire by a truck this morning, Oct. 15. 

“This is stunning for our organization. We are hurting right now,” Chief Charles Hood said during a press conference.

The accident occurred around 7 a.m. this morning while a crew with the SAFD was responding to a fire at the Comfort Suites on Live Oak Street near downtown, according to KENS5. Greg Garza stumbled off the truck just before he was hit by a nearly truck.

The firefighter was taken to Brooks-Army Medical Center where 20 to 25 people worked to save Garza before he died. 

The driver who hit Garza stayed at the scene of the accident and rendered aid. Hood stated that he was grief-stricken by the incident. 

The accident is under investigation, but Hood said it might be nothing more than a “simple accident” and asked for prayers and patience during the difficult time. 

It was announced that flags throughout the city would be lowered to half-mast out of respect for the Garza family, according to KENS5.