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Firefighter injured in June explosion dies

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A Roswell firefighter hospitalized since June with severe burns he received in an explosion, has died.

Jeff Stroble, 46, of Roswell, died at a hospital in Lubbock Texas Sunday, where he was being treated for the injuries he received in the explosion, according to a statement released Sunday night by Devin Graham, fire chief with the Roswell Fire Department.

“On behalf of the city of Roswell, our thoughts, prayers and our deepest condolences are with his family and the entire Roswell Fire Department,” the release states.

Funeral services will be announced once plans have been finalized.

Stroble, a fire apparatus operator and 17-year veteran of the Roswell Fire Department, was one of 12 firefighters who injured when they were preparing fireworks for what was then expected to be a Fourth of July fireworks display when the explosion occurred.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Stroble and Robert “Hoby” Bonham, 36, an 18-year firefighter with the department, were critically injured and had to be airlifted to a hospital in Lubbock Texas for treatment.

Ten other firefighters in the building at the time of the explosion received what were described as minor injuries and subsequently released after being checked out by medical personnel.

Bonham was released from the hospital and returned to Roswell with hero’s welcome June 30.

Bonham and Stroble’s injuries, and their recoveries sparked widespread displays of support for both men and their families, including public vigils and fundraisers to cover the cost of their medical expenses.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.