Indiana Volunteer Sentenced to Six Years In Prison for Fatal DUI That Killed Another Firefighter

A volunteer firefighter who struck and killed another volunteer firefighter at the scene of a previous accident, has been sentenced to six years in prison for drunk driving. Colby Blake was sentenced yesterday in Daviess County, Indiana.

On November 10, 2017, Firefighter Kendall Murphy, 27, arrived at the scene and was struck by Blake, who was 26 at the time. Murphy was outside his vehicle when struck. Blake suffered no injuries, but was found to have a blood alcohol level of .21%.


About Curt Varone

Curt Varone has over 40 years of fire service experience and 30 as a practicing attorney licensed in both Rhode Island and Maine. His background includes 29 years as a career firefighter in Providence (retiring as a Deputy Assistant Chief), as well as volunteer and paid on call experience. He is the author of two books: Legal Considerations for Fire and Emergency Services, (2006, 2nd ed. 2011, 3rd ed. 2014) and Fire Officer's Legal Handbook (2007), and is a contributing editor for Firehouse Magazine writing the Fire Law column.
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