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Fire chief dies from injuries sustained in wall collapse

Fire Chief Hubert Joyner, 56, died from injuries he sustained when a roof collapsed and wall gave way after a heavy rain storm. Fire Chief Hubert Joyner, 56, died from injuries he sustained when a roof collapsed and wall gave way after a heavy rain storm.

(WMC-TV) - Residents of a small Mississippi town are mourning the loss of their long-time assistant fire chief.

Crenshaw Mayor Oscar Barlow confirmed Friday morning that Chief Hubert Joyner, 56, died from injuries he sustained when a roof collapsed and wall gave way after a heavy rain storm.

"He was like a bigger than life person with his laugh. He always talked really loud. Never knew how to whisper," said Mayor Barlow.

Joyner was walking on the sidewalk outside of an adult day care center after a storm on July 22 when the wall collapsed.

"The wall just bulked out and all the brick and stuff came out on him," explained Barlow.

Joyner was taken to The MED in Memphis with fractures in his neck, back, and foot.

"Due to, I guess all that trauma, he suffered several heart attacks," the mayor continued.

Joyner passed away late Thursday night, two and a half weeks after the incident.

Now, a small closeknit community is mourning the loss of a dedicated firefighter with a big heart.

"It's more than 20 years that he's been serving on the Crenshaw Fire Department," added Barlow. "That's one thing we'll always remember, when he came into a room he always lit it up."

Hubert Joyner leaves behind a wife, son, and daughter. A fund has been set up for his family. Donations can be made at any First Security Bank in North Mississippi.

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