A volunteer firefighter who was severely burned while fighting a wildfire in Stephens County earlier this month has died. Kresta Logan with Integris Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City confirmed that 32-year-old Destry Horton died Friday night.
Horton was volunteering for the Acme fire department when he and
a colleague entered a smoke-filled area near Duncan March 2nd and
their fire truck got stuck. Horton suffered severe burns over 50 percent of his body, including his arms, face and lungs.
Family members were encouraged and doctors marveled that Horton
even survived. But surgeons had to amputate his arms and were
unable to replace the skin and tissue he lost to the flames. A benefit was held in Chickasha on Wednesday to raise money for Horton's family and similar events were scheduled for Saturday.
Horton's death brings to at least three the number of people who
have died in the nearly 3,000 fires that have scorched the
drought-stricken Oklahoma landscape since November.