- LITTLE ROCK, AR-- Orange cones are now marking the parking space for Oak Grove Fire Chief Randy Pogue. He died Wednesday from injuries suffered while responding to a call.

"He helped bring this fire department to what it is today," said Assistant Chief Jeremy Ward.

Leaders say the department is still serving the community, but finding it tough to do so.

"Just devastated. He was a very close friend and mentor. It was very rough and it still is," said Ward.

Chief Pogue dedicated his life to serving those in a time of need.

"He was great asset to this community and the fire department. He dedicated a lot of his time and life to this fire department. He was willing to help someone out," said Ward.

Pogue was responding to a motor vehicle accident on Feb. 2 when his department pickup hit a patch of ice and crashed.

At the time of the accident, Pogue was conscious, however, he went into Adult Respiratory Distress Syndrome once at Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock.

Pogue had been in a medically induced coma since the day of the accident.

The Randy Pogue Benevolent Fund which has been established at 1st Arkansas Bank & Trust to help Pogue's family.

The mailing address is as follows:
First Arkansas Bank and Trust
P.O. Box 827
Jacksonville, AR 72078

The donation account number is 67293932.

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