Roswell firefighter dies following June explosion

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The Roswell firefighter who has been fighting for his life in the hospital has died.

Lt. Devin Trujillo with the Roswell Fire Department says Stroble worked for the department for 17 years and was one of the very best they had.

“Jeff was definitely a strong individual during this whole process, it was truly an inspiration to see him and his family and all the community, not only in Roswell, but the Lubbock area coming together,” Trujillo said.

Jeff Stroble was hospitalized in Lubbock after an explosion in June left him and Hoby Bonham seriously injured. A few weeks ago, his recovery took a turn when he developed gastrointestinal bleeding.

“He loved his job, he loved what he did, he loved helping the community just like we all do,” Trujillo said.

His wife said he was improving. However, Sunday night, the Roswell Fire Department confirmed he has died.

Funeral plans have not been announced.

Roswell’s Fire Chief issued the following statement:

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of one of our own Roswell Fire Department Firefighters. Fire Apparatus Operator Jeff Stroble, 46, passed away in a Lubbock hospital today, July 21st, after battling to recover from his injuries sustained in an explosion on June 5, 2019. Services will be announced once arrangements have been finalized. On behalf the City of Roswell our thoughts, prayers and deepest condolences are with his family and the entire Roswell Fire Department.

Hoby Bonham has been released from the hospital and is continuing to recover.

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