Intoxicated Indiana Firefighter Blamed for Death of Fellow Firefighter in Traffic Fatality


DAVIESS COUNTY, Ind. – An Indiana firefighter accused of driving impaired was arrested in connection with the death of another firefighter after he reportedly hit the victim with his truck Friday night.

Sheriff’s deputies and three volunteer firefighters, who drove their individual cars, responded to the scene of a crash in Daviess County, Ind., WDRB reported.

A fourth firefighter, Colby Blake, 26, (pictured) reportedly arrived shortly afterward in his Dodge Ram. With a blood alcohol level of .21, police said Blake plowed his truck straight into another truck parked on the side of the street.

In Indiana, the legal blood alcohol limit for driving is .08.

Blake’s truck continued to travel east, before it hit a 2013 Ford Fusion, driven by Kendall Murphy, 27, of Montgomery, according to police. Investigators say Murphy was one of the responding firefighters and was standing outside his vehicle, when he was hit by Blake’s truck, reported WDRB.

Moreover, Blake’s truck reportedly crashed into a third car before finally stopping.

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Suspect Colby Blake hit three separate cars and a person in the drunk driving incident. (Indiana State Polce)

Consequently, Murphy was pronounced dead at the scene, according to police. The suspect was reportedly not injured in the collision.

However, Blake was arrested by authorities and held at the Daviess County Security Center, WDRB said.

As a result, he was charged with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, causing death and reckless driving, WDRB said.

(Booking photo courtesy Daviess County Sheriff’s Office)

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