At approximately 2:40 p.m. on Oct. 20, 2018, Chief Tom Henrich responded with Earling Fire and Rescue Department units to a combine and field fire. While on scene, Henrich fell ill. CPR was administered and Henrich was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased. An autopsy is pending to determine the official cause of death.
Incident Location: Highway 37 and Hazel Road, Shelby County, Iowa (U.S. National Grid: 15T UG 00313 27772 (DD: 41.777, -95.403))
About David Howser
Chief Howser was born and raised in the Lyndon area. He joined LFR as a volunteer fire fighter in 1980 while a student at the old Westport High School. During his tenure here he has served as Company Officer, Training Officer, Safety Officer, Battalion Chief, Assistant Chief and Fire Chief. In 1984 he was hired as one of Lyndon's first career firefighters. As noted, since that time he has worked his way up through the ranks where he served as Fire Chief until July 2018 when Lyndon Fire merged into the St. Matthews FD. He currently serves as Assistant Fire Chief of the new merged St. Matthews F.D..
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