Death at Okla. Fire School in 2008 Prompts Changes
Sept. 01--STILLWATER -- Whether Thomas Russell "Rusty" Topping was a member of the Barnsdall volunteer fire department has been the topic of legal controversy.
But there's no question he suffered a firefighter's death.
Firefighting is grueling, strenuous work. The harshness of the job was fully reflected May 31, 2008 when Topping and 24 other students showed up for live burn firefighter training exercises at the Oklahoma State University Fire Service Training Professional Skills Center...
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