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Drunk firefighter kills colleague who came to help crash victim

By Mason White 5:48 AM November 13, 2017
Colby Blake (L) and Kendall Murphy

People in Indiana are mourning the loss of a volunteer firefighter who was killed while trying to save a crash victim.

Indiana State Police said that the volunteer firefighter was killed after being hit by another drunk driving firefighter while responding to the scene of an accident.

According to a press release, the accident was reported shortly before 10:00 p.m., along Old Highway 50, in Daviess County.

Officers from the Daviess County Sheriff’s Department and three firefighters from the Montgomery and Cannelburg Fire Departments responded to the scene.

According to the police, the three firefighters arrived on the scene in their own personal vehicles.

A fourth firefighter, 26-year-old Colby Blake of Cannelburg, also arrived in a 2006 Dodge Ram Truck.

When Blake, who was drunk, arrived at the scene, he hit the back of another pickup truck that was parked along the south side of the road.

Blake’s truck did not stop. He continued to travel before hitting 27-year-old firefighter Kendall Murphy of Montgomery. Murphy was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to the authorities, Blake had a blood alcohol level of 0.21 percent.

He was charged with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, causing death, and reckless driving.

According to his obituary, Murphy leaves behind his devastated fiancee Jessica Padgett, his parents, sister, nieces, aunts, and uncles.

Kendall graduated from the University of Southern Indiana with a bachelor’s degree in Sports Management. He was employed by German American Bank as an insurance agent and he worked part-time at the Country Oaks Golf Course.

He coached basketball at Barr-Reeve High School and was starting his fifth season.

Kendall was a two-year member of the Montgomery Volunteer Fire Department before he was tragically killed.