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Jerry Chapman Obituary

Jerry Chapman (AP Photo/Marshall and Marshall Funeral Directors)
Jerry Chapman of Abbott Volunteer Fire Department died in the explosion at West Fertilizer Co. in West, Texas.

JERRY DANE CHAPMAN: Firefighter, video gamer, generous man

Jerry Dane Chapman, 26, was known for his passion for helping others, both those he knew and those he did not.

Chapman, one of the first responders killed in the blast at the fertilizer plant, died doing what he loved to do: serving and protecting others, a funeral home obituary said.

Chapman was an avid video gamer. After working at different types of jobs, he discovered his passion when he became a member of the Abbott Volunteer Firefighters and started training to become an emergency medical technician. He had passed his skills test and was near the end of his training.

He is survived by his parents, grandparents, a great-grandmother, a sister and other relatives.

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