WEST (CBSDFW.COM) – A 26 year old volunteer firefighter is among those killed in the fertilizer explosion in West Texas, according to friends.
Jerry Chapman was in class at the time the call went out for the initial fire at West Fertilizer Company.
His friends and co-workers say he would not have missed a chance to go help people.
“He worked for the Abbot Volunteer Department. He was happy. He loved working for them,” said Sharon Matthews, who worked with Chapman for 8 years.
She says he worked, volunteered and took EMT classes.
“He loved it…was supposed to graduate April 24th, had everything going for him…everything.”
Chapman had just celebrated a birthday on April 7, was one of the first to respond to the explosion.
His friends say it was his dream to become a firefighter.
“All he wanted to do was be a firefighter and he almost got it. He died (doing) what he wanted to do,” said coworker Stephanie Evans.
The Hillsboro Black-eyed Pea is holding a fundraiser for Chapman’s family on Saturday, April 20. Twenty percent of the restaurants proceeds will be donated to his family.