A Fairbury (NE) Firefighter has died in the Line if Duty three days after suffering injuries when his pickup struck a tree.
56-year-old Darrell Parker died yesterday after being injured in the Sunday crash. Parker was on his way to the Fairbury Rural Fire Department to for a fire call in the county when his pickup drove off the roadway, went through a pasture and struck a tree. Parker was found unresponsive in the driver’s seat.
Police officers performed C-P-R at the scene and paramedics then took over care for Parker. He was taken to Jefferson Community Hospital and later transferred by medical helicopter to the Bryan LGH West Campus in Lincoln.
Authorities suspected a medical problem may have led to the crash. Parker was a member of the Fairbury Rural Fire Department for 27 years and became the department’s certified chaplain, this past year.