Chief Basil Vaughn

Born: June 20, 1939                                      Died: November 8, 1987 

A HERO TO HIS COUNTRY

 

 

 

 

A HERO TO HIS COMMUNITY

Chief Basil Vaughn

Crossroads Volunteer Fire Department

Last Call: Sunday, November 8, 1987
Date of Incident: Not available
Cause of Death: Smoke Inhalation
Incident Location: Laurel County Grass Fire

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Following is from the archives page of the Lexington Herald-Leader

1. MAN'S DEDICATION TO FIRE DEPARTMENT LED TO HIS DEATH

LONDON -- Basil Vaughn, 48, worked hard to get a fire department at Cross Roads in northern Laurel County. It was his dedication to the fire department that led to his death Sunday afternoon.

Vaughn died about 4 p.m. Sunday after fighting a forest fire that threatened to burn a church and a home off Winding Blade Road. Jim Lewis, a magistrate on the Laurel County Fiscal Court, was with Vaughn when he died.

"He was up on a knoll where he could see both of us to see that we...

Published on 1987-11-10, Page A8, Lexington Herald-Leader (KY)

2. FOREST FIRES CLAIM ONE LIFE, DESTROY HOMES CHANCE OF RAIN IN KY. FORECAST GIVES HOPE TO WEARY FIREFIGHTERS

A Laurel County firefighter died and several homes were destroyed yesterday as high winds continued to fan fires across southeastern Kentucky.

More than 2,800 people were fighting 139 fires yesterday, including at least 40 new ones, officials said. A more than 50 percent chance of rain today had weary firefighters hopeful for a break in their battle against fires that have scorched at least 110,000 acres of Kentucky's woodlands since late October.

A fire in northern Laurel...

Published on 1987-11-09, Page A1, Lexington Herald-Leader (KY)

3. FOREST FIRES CLAIM ONE LIFE, SEVERAL HOMES CHANCE OF RAIN IN KY. FORECAST GIVES HOPE TO WEARY FIREFIGHTERS

A Laurel County firefighter died and several homes were destroyed yesterday as high winds continued to fan fires across southeastern Kentucky.

More than 2,800 people were fighting 139 fires yesterday, including at least 40 new ones, officials said. A more than 50 percent chance of rain today had weary firefighters hopeful for a break in their battle against fires that have scorched at least 110,000 acres of Kentucky's woodlands since late October.

A fire in northern Laurel...

Published on 1987-11-09, Page A1, Lexington Herald-Leader (KY)

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