Friday, May 19th- Shortly before midnight, TVFD was dispatched to a report of a MVA on Joe Edd Road (CR2224). TVFD responded with Unit 518, Unit 501, Engine 54 with five firefighters, and Booster 55 with one firefighter to find a pickup had left the roadway, rolling over in the ditch.
Wednesday, May 17th- At app. 21:00, Tarkington VFD was dispatched to a report of brush fire on Rural Shade Road (CR2274). TVFD responded with Unit 501, Booster 55 with two firefighters, and Tanker 57 with two firefighters to find the fire was a controlled burn.
Tuesday, May 16th- At app. 22:05, Tarkington firefighters were dispatched to a report of a MVA with two vehicles on fire on SH105 at the base of Davis Hill. TVFD responded with Engine 54 with four firefighters to find a scene that resembled a Hollywood movie, with a Ford pickup and a 18-wheeler app. 100 yards apart and on fire, with debris littering the roadway. Mutual Aid was initially requested from Cleveland VFD to help fight the fires and extricate any victims. Hardin VFD had also been dispatched by Liberty County (Tarkington and Cleveland VFDs are dispatched by Cleveland PD) and arrived on location soon after TVFD, while a second tone brought Tanker 57 with two firefighters. Before the night was done, four other fire departments (Cypress Lakes, Kenefick, Hull-Daisetta, and Livingston) would be dispatched to the call. There were five fatalities from the accident, three people in the pickup and two in the 18-wheeler, with only one survivor from the pickup. LifeFlight was called to transport two of the victims from the pickup to a Houston hospital and a LZ was setup nearby. The last Tarkington units did not leave the scene until 7:30 the next morning. More information can be found at www.i-dineout.com (follow-up article), Click2Houston, KHOU-TV, and ABC13.com.