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Feb. 15, 2013


Strother Fire Fighter Dies

Fight Leads to Fatal Injury


Bill Finch, City Editor


A Strother firefighter died late Thursday morning, the result of an injury from an altercation that took place earlier that day at the Strother Fire Department.

According to Strother Fire Chief Nicholas Nadeau, the deceased firefighter was identified as Captain Dale Patterson, 60, of the Strother Volunteer Fire Department. The Fire Department is located North of the city of Seminole and serves a vast area in northern Seminole county.

Patterson had been with the department for close to six years.

Nadeau said Patterson was in an altercation with another member of the fire department.

The altercation occurred in the early morning hours on Thursday after the firefighters had returned from a run. It was during the course of the altercation that Patterson allegedly hit his head on a hard surface at the station.

Communication records showed that an ambulance from the Seminole Fire Rescue responded to the Strother Fire Department at approximately 1:45 a.m.

An unidentified patient believed to have been Patterson was transported to the Seminole Medical Center and later transported by Medi Flight to the OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City.

Nadaeu said he was with Patterson at the OU hospital on Thursday when doctors determined him to be brain dead.

The trauma doctors at the hospital declared Patterson dead at 10:56 a.m. Thursday morning.

According to Seminole County Sheriff Shannon Smith, the incident was still under investigation, and details about it, including the identity of the other person involved in the altercation, were not available.

At press time, Smith said no one had been arrested in connection with the incident.

It will be up to the district attorney’s office to determine if charges will be filed as a result of Patterson’s death.


Dale Patterson

Dale Patterson pictured in a previous training exercise. File Photo by Bill Finch


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File Photo by Wil Fry

Strother Fire Fighters are seen in this 2005 file photo fighting a grass fire on NS3610 North of State Highway 9.