Northwest Louisiana firefighter and MMA Fighter Jessie Henry passed away last weekend after a firetruck tire explosion.
Henry used to work in the South Bossier Fire District 2 Station No. 4 and was apparently blown away 20 feet due to the explosion of the tire which was reportedly over pressured.
“The inner rim of the tire popped off of the wheel itself and chrome wheel simulator — basically a chrome hub cap inside of that wheel — struck him, and he was blown approximately 20 feet,” Gray Young, the fire district’s chief of training, said. (h/t coffeeordie)
Henry was taken to the hospital following the incident but the medical team was not able to save his life. Prior to working as a firefighter, Henry had served four years in the US Army and was a specialist in the US Army Reserves as well.
“He was very popular in our local fire service — probably one of the most loved fire guys around, to be honest with you. He had friends at multiple departments,” Young added.
He had a professional record of 2-2 to his name and had made his professional MMA debut back in 2020 at AKA: Rite of Passage event. Prior to that, he had multiple amateur fights as well which saw him build up a record of 3-4 to his name starting from the year of 2018.
Henry’s funeral is slated for December 29, 2021, though further details of the same are yet to be released. A remembrance ceremony is also expected to be held at the Hirsch Coliseum in Shreveport.