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Vermont – Update – Death of Marlboro Assistant Fire Chief John “Jack” Horton

By admin • Aug 7th, 2009 • Category: News

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SUMMARY OF CRASH: On 08/06/09 at approximately 1429 hours the Vermont State Police, the Marlboro Fire Department, and Rescue Inc. were dispatched to a single vehicle rollover crash on Ames Hill Road in Marlboro.  The occupants of that crash received minor injuries.

As the ambulance was arriving, the operator of the Marlboro FD Engine #2, Anthony Gordon, and Marlboro FD Asst. Chief John “Jack” Horton decided that the fire truck should be moved out of the way.

Gordon saw Horton in the rear view mirror and began backing up.  Gordon did not see Horton in his mirrors again, and pulled forward to facilitate the arrival of the ambulance.

When Gordon exited the fire truck, he saw Horton lying on the gravel roadway.  Horton showed no signs of life, and emergency personnel immediately began lifesaving efforts.  Horton was transported to the Brattleboro Memorial Hospital by Rescue Inc. He was pronounced dead at approximately 1532 hours.

A post mortem examination at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner is scheduled for 08/07/09.  Members of the Vermont State Police Crash Reconstruction Team and the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles responded to assist in the investigation.  The investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information related to this incident that has not already been interviewed by the State Police is asked to contact Trooper Genevra Cushman at the Brattleboro Barracks (802)254-2382.


Although the investigation is still ongoing, the Vermont State Police investigation into the tragic death of Marlboro FD Asst. Fire Chief John “Jack” Horton on Ames Hill Road in Marlboro suggests that Asst. Chief Horton most likely suffered some sort of medical event that caused him to collapse behind Engine#2 as it was being backed up Ames Hill Road.  Asst. Chief Horton then received severe traumatic injuries as a result of being run over by the left inside rear wheel of Engine#2.

There is no evidence to suggest that Asst. Chief Horton was ‘knocked down’ by Engine#2 prior to suffering the severe traumatic injuries – all facets of the investigation, to include consultation with the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, suggest that he was down on the road prior to suffering the traumatic injuries.

The causes of death are listed as blunt force trauma and coronary artery disease.  As noted above, the investigation is ongoing.

Pedestrian/ John (Jack) Horton/ Cummington, MA and Marlboro, VT/ 68/ n/a / Deceased

HOSPITAL: Brattleboro Memorial Hospital
WEATHER: Sunny, Warm, Humid
ROAD COND: Freshly Graded

Sgt. Mike Sorensen
464 Marlboro Road
Brattleboro, VT 05301
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