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YUMA, Colo. (KDVR) — Yuma and the surrounding communities are mourning the death of Darcy Stallings, a volunteer firefighter who was killed Thursday night.

FOX31 has learned the firefighter was responding to a call in his private vehicle when he was involved in a crash.

“The City of Yuma and the entire Yuma Volunteer Fire Department is mourning the loss of volunteer firefighter Darcy Stallings, who passed away in an automobile accident yesterday.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends during this time. Darcy was a highly respected firefighter who volunteered for the City of Yuma’s Volunteer Fire Department for nine years and will be deeply missed.”

The Chief of the Yuma Volunteer Fire Department Ryan Hanson said, “Unfortunately when something tragic like this happens, we come together. It’s a brotherhood down here. We just have to take each day one step at a time.”

Stallings grew up in Yuma and became a community staple, locals were not ready to lose. Stalling also served on the board of the Yuma County Fairgrounds.

“He was kindhearted and always willing to help,” Hanson said. “We are still in the grieving process but we are all here for each other.”

Stalling’s funeral will be held Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. at the Yuma County Fairgrounds. He leaves behind his wife and two children.