LONGVIEW — A Longview jury has found the company that makes a fire department ladder truck and the Kilgore Fire Department jointly responsible for an accident that killed two firemen. The deaths occurred during a training exercise in 2009. The jury deliberated around four hours yesterday following the eight day trial. The wrongful death suit had been brought by the family of fireman Kyle Perkins. He, along with fireman Cory Galloway, died in the accident.
The jury awarded over $800,000 in damages. The Longview News Journal reports, since the jury found that the Kilgore Fire Department was partially to blame for the accident, all but $192,500 awarded as punitive damages will be cut in half. And there is a question about the $ 192,000 in punitive damages. State District Judge Alfonso Charles told the panel the question leading to that verdict must have a unanimous answer. The jury voted 10 to 2 that the fire truck maker E-One was grossly negligent.