EASTLAND COUNTY, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – An Eastland County Deputy was tragically killed while trying to save citizens from devastating fires overnight.

Eastland County Sheriff Jason Weger confirms Deputy Barbara Fenley died during the fires. He says she was going to check on an elderly individual as part of an effort for law enforcement to get citizens to safety.

Deputy Barbara Fenley (Eastland Child Advocacy Center)

“With the extreme deteriorating conditions and low visibility from smoke, Sgt. Fenley ran off the roadway and was engulfed in the fire,” Sheriff Weger explains.

Deputy Fenley is remembered as a beloved mainstay in the Eastland County community, first serving as a patrol officer with the City of Gorman before becoming their Chief of Police in 2007. She’s been with the Eastland County Sheriff’s Office since 2013 and is survived by her husband and three children.

The Cisco Police Department is also honoring the impact of Deputy Fenley, saying, “she was a special servant and an attribute to our profession. We will kneel in prayer for her family, friends and colleagues as they mourn.”

So far, Deputy Fenley is the only confirmed death in the aftermath of the Eastland County Complex Fires, which have burned nearly 45,000 acres and are only 2% contained.

Eastland County Judge Rex Fields has ordered flags to be lowered to half-staff in honor of the life of Deputy Fenley. This order remains in place through her memorial service, which will be held at a yet-to-be-determined date.