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Fire Chief killed in storm

Cove Creek Pearson Fire and Rescue (Source: Cleburne County Sheriff's Department) Cove Creek Pearson Fire and Rescue (Source: Cleburne County Sheriff's Department)
CLEBURNE COUNTY, AR (KAIT) -

Funeral services were set Tuesday for a Cleburne County fire chief who died over the weekend as a result of the storms. 

According to a post on the FireText Facebook page, the funeral for Cove Creek/Pearson Fire Chief Doug Deckard will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Quitman First Baptist Church. 

Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the church. 

Deckard was killed early Sunday in an accident checking a storm area. 

Deckard was a firefighter for over 40 years and was the coordinator of the Cleburne County Search and Rescue Team, Cleburne County officials said Sunday.

Officials said in the post that Deckard's kindness, work ethic, and enthusiasm will be sorely missed. 

According to a story from Little Rock television station KARK, Deckard was struck by a car as he was checking water lines early Sunday. 

The Arkansas State Police said Deckard was working outside his vehicle on Highway 25, near the Faulkner-Cleburne County line, when he was hit. Also, ASP is not releasing any new information about the accident, KARK reported. 
 

Region 8 News will have more information as details emerge. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for up to the minute updates.

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