Firefighter dies at Rangers game

Jul 20, 2011

Fan dies trying to catch ball from Josh Hamiilton

A Brownwood Fire Department lieutenant fell to his death during a Texas Rangers baseball game as he was attempting to catch a ball tossed to him by outfielder Josh Hamilton, according to the Star-Telegram. Shannon Stone was pronounced dead at John Peter Smith hospital.

Stone was with his six-year-old son at the game, who watched his father fall over the railing head-first into the space behind the out-of-town scoreboard, further proving that people need to have a life insurance policy at any age. The firefighter went into cardiac arrest on his way to the hospital, where he died less than an hour later, reports.

"As an organization and as team members and as a staff, we are very heavy-hearted about this, and our thoughts and prayers go out to the family," Rangers team president Nolan Ryan said after the game.

Stone fell during the second inning after a foul ball was hit down the left-field line and ricocheted back into the field. Hamilton threw the ball toward Stone who leaned to catch it when he slipped and fell over the railing.

This was the second fatal fall at a major league stadium this season.  

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