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Hobart Fire Battalion Chief Passes Away

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A 48-year-old Hobart firefighter who police say crashed his minivan into his home near Hebron earlier this month has died. Porter County Sheriffs Police say John Wall suffered severe burns to his face and hands in a domestic incident December 10th in which the van he was driving and part of the house caught fire. Wall, who authorities say was on leave from the fire department after allegedly threatening his wife with a gun last month, was a battalion chief in Hobart and had worked for the fire department for twenty years. Cause of death was pending an autopsy scheduled for today. Porter County Sheriffs Police Public Information Officer Sgt. Larry LaFlower said the family told police that Wall went into septic shock Saturday and was subsequently taken off a ventilator.  Tom Castle, president for the Hobart Firefighters Local 1641, said Wall was a hard worker who was held in high regard by the department and could have been Hobart's next fire chief.


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