People across San Antonio, Texas, are grieving the loss of a firefighter, who worked with the San Antonio Fire Department for 17 years. He was killed in the line of duty Tuesday morning, Oct. 15, 2019.
While responding to an emergency call, Greg Garza, 49, who was wearing his full gear, stumbled getting off the firetruck and fell into the path of an oncoming van. And he was hit by the van, KSAT reported.
Although Garza was immediately rushed to the hospital, he was pronounced dead.
The driver of the van, who was visibly shaken at the scene, will not be charged.
His parents said they want the driver to know they realize it was an accident and that they understand the grief he’s now feeling.
On Wednesday, the Mayor of San Antonio, Ron Nirenberg stated that flags on city buildings will be lowered to half-staff out of respect for Garza, Spectrum News reported.
“I feel kind of in shock because I mean he came here to do his job, then to turn around and get hit by someone, a van, then realize he just died like that,” Joann Martinez, who works just steps away from where Garza was hit, said.
“At first it was a shock because it was a fireman, and you don’t think that by him getting off the truck, he was going to get hit,” said Martinez.
The San Antonio Spurs will also be holding a moment of silence before their upcoming home game on Friday night, Oct. 18, to honor fallen firefighter Garza.
the San Antonio Fire Department has created a webpage dedicated to donations and funeral service announcements.
Funeral arrangements for Garza are still being planned.
Our hearts break for the loss of Greg Garza, a 17-year veteran of our fire department. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Garza family and our Firefighters today. pic.twitter.com/fkt3ePj2ZM
— Mayor Ron Nirenberg (@Ron_Nirenberg) October 15, 2019