Memphis firefighter killed, three others injured in crash

David Pleasant
David Pleasant

A Memphis firefighter is dead after a collision that also left three other Memphis firefighters and a civilian injured.  

Memphis Fire Department Driver David Pleasant was killed in the collision in South Memphis on Aug. 10, according to a statement released by the city. 

“David was extremely passionate about his role as a driver for the Memphis Fire Department, and he loved to help people and serve our community,” Memphis Fire Chief Gina Y. Sweat said. “Driver Pleasant began his career with the Division of Fire Services on July 9th, 1990, and faithfully served for 32 years. His legacy will remain in our hearts for years to come.” 

According to the Memphis Fire Department, Pleasant was driving the Memphis Fire Truck 5 when it was involved in a motor vehicle collision at the intersection of Danny Thomas and E.H. Crump boulevards while en route to a house fire. Three other firefighters were also treated for injuries and released. A citizen who was driving another truck involved in the collision as last said to be in critical condition at a local hospital.  

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland also expressed his grief over the incident.  

“My deepest condolences to the family of the firefighter who lost his life in the line of duty tonight and to the Memphis Fire Department family who lost one of their own,” Strickland said. “Please pray for this family, three additional firefighters involved in this horrible crash, the heroes who risk their lives each day for us, and for the driver of the other vehicle involved.”