Roswell firefighter dies following June explosion

New Mexico News

ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE) – The body of a fallen Roswell firefighter is being escorted home Monday.

Jeff Stroble died Sunday, nearly seven weeks after being badly burned in a fireworks explosion at the Roswell Air Park. His body is being brought home from Lubbock where he was hospitalized.

His family and community members were hopeful after he fought off infections, burns to his lungs, pneumonia and many other complications, but Sunday night he lost his fight.

The mayor has ordered all flags to be flown at half staff in his honor.

“This is a sad day for this whole community. ‘Sad’ doesn’t carry the right level of intensity. This is a day we had hoped we would not have to face,” Roswell Mayor Dennis Kintigh said.

The community is set to honor Stroble with a “Celebration of Life” at the Roswell Convention Center at 2 p.m. on Friday. A procession will follow, after which a graveside burial will take place with a firefighter ceremony and honors.

Roswell’s Fire Cheif also issued the following statement:

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of one of our own Roswell Fire Department Firefighters. Fire Apparatus Operator Jeff Stroble, 46, passed away in a Lubbock hospital today, July 21st, after battling to recover from his injuries sustained in an explosion on June 5, 2019.

Services will be announced once arrangements have been finalized.

On behalf the City of Roswell our thoughts, prayers and deepest condolences are with his family and the entire Roswell Fire Department.

Roswell Fire Chief Devin Graham

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