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Veteran Roswell firefighters were critically injured in explosion

Joshua Panas
June 06, 2019 10:39 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. —The Roswell Fire Department released the names of the two firefighters who were critically injured in an explosion at a fireworks facility on Wednesday.


Jeff Stroble, 46, and Robert "Hoby" Bonham, 36, are being treated at a hospital in Lubbock.

Stroble has been with the department for 17 years and Bonham has been a firefighter for 18 years, according to a press release from the Roswell Fire Department.

"Bonham and Stroble are both firefighters that I believe were called to do this job," said Fire Chief Devin Graham. 

Stroble and Bonham were working to prepare fireworks for the City of Roswell's Fourth of July fireworks display when the explosion occurred.

Ten other firefighters were treated for minor injuries at the scene.

"Firemen are sometimes put on a pedestal as heroes," Graham said. "At the end of the day, there's a human being behind that badge and behind that uniform. Those guys are good people. They're good men." 

Donations for Stroble and Bonham are being collected at Pioneer Bank. 


Joshua Panas

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