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Off-Duty Firefighter Found Dead, Pinned Underneath Overturned Tractor in Rural Maryland

Drue Jones was a 14-year member of the Frederick County Division of Fire and Rescue

A Frederick County firefighter who didn't show up for work was found by a rescue crew dead, pinned underneath an overturned tractor in a steep ravine in rural Maryland on Tuesday.

The Frederick County Fire Department confirmed the death of 60-year-old career firefighter Drue Jones in a press release and on its Twitter account.

"Frederick County Fire and Rescue is deeply saddened to confirm the unexpected death of one of its own," the fire department said.

When Jones didn't show up to work for his 6 a.m. shift, a search team went to his home in the 23000 block of W. Harris Road in Dickerson and searched the property.

Within 20 minutes, rescuers discovered an overturned tractor with its driver trapped underneath. Crews worked through rough terrain in a steep embankment to reach the driver. They confirmed he was Jones, who had died of his injuries.

Jones was a 14-year member of the Frederick County Division of Fire and Rescue. His son is also a career firefighter with the the same division.

The crash happened in a rural area near W. Harris Road and Mt. Ephraim Road, about 16 miles south of Frederick, the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service said.

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