Funeral today for fireman dead in Panhandle fire

April 25, 2011 1:40:40 AM PDT
A firefighter fatally burned while fighting a Panhandle wildfire will be laid to rest. Funeral is scheduled for Monday in Dumas for 49-year-old Elias Macias Jaquez of Cactus, who died Wednesday in a Lubbock hospital 11 days after suffering third-degree burns over 60 percent of his body. Funeral will be at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church with burial in Northlawn Memorial Gardens, both in Dumas.

The Mexican-born meat-packing plant worker had been a Cactus volunteer firefighter for two years and was fatally burned while fighting a fire near Dumas, about 40 miles north of Amarillo.

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