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The mission of the Texas Line of Duty Death Response Team is to provide excellent, compassionate, and immediate care to those who have been injured in the line of duty and to the families of those who have died in the line of duty. We also provide caring and objective assistance to departments who have suffered a line of duty injury or death of a member. We believe in giving full respect to the dignity of each individual that we work with, whether it be a family member, an officer, or a rank and file emergency worker. Our wish is to show honor to the fallen (both injured and those who have died) in the work that we do.
The Texas Line of Duty Death Response Team was one of the first official response teams in the United States. In 2000, after a blaze took the life of firefighter Scott Harshbarger , firefighter Wendy Norris and fire chief Dennis Gifford saw first hand how difficult a fatality is on a family and a department. From that experience they discussed the need of having a 'strike team' made up of firefighters of all rank that would respond within 12 hours to a department that suffered a fatality. Wendy, who is the President of Firefighter Ministries, started working on the details of such a team. She then presented her information to the Texas State Firemen's and Fire Marshal's Association whom readily agreed that such a team should be formed. In early 2001 the Texas Line of Duty Death Response Team was officially formed under the guidance of Firefighter Ministries, the SFFMA, and the State Fire Marshal's Office.
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