Dallas Firefighter Killed in Fall from Overpass

William Scott Tanksley, 40, was a 14-year veteran with Dallas Fire-Rescue.


A Dallas firefighter fell to his death from an icy overpass Monday night.

William Scott Tanksley, 40, was pronounced deceased at Methodist Hospital in Dallas shortly after falling from atop the Spur 408 bridge onto Interstate-20 below. 

“He was doing his job as we do every day, giving all he had to provide services,” Dallas Fire-Rescue Chief Louie Bright III told reporters outside Methodist Hospital late Tuesday night.

Tanksley , a 14-year veteran, leaves behind his wife and three children.

He worked out of Dallas Fire Station 12 located on Westmoreland Road in far Southwest Dallas.

“As always, the department is going to wrap our arms around his family as well as our own fire department family,” Bright said.

Right now it is unclear if the firefighter slipped on the icy road or was forced off the overpass by a vehicle.

Condolences poured in immediately from other North Texas fire departments and police agencies.

“We are deeply saddened by the recent news that Dallas Firefighter had passed away,” Arlington Police said in statement sent out via social media. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and firefighter family.”