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The Latest: New Mexico city honors firefighter who died

July 22, 2019

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on the (all times local):

3:20 p.m.

Roswell officials say they’re honoring a firefighter who died from injuries in a fireworks explosion with a procession.

Officials say the procession for Jeff Stroble, who died Sunday, would begin at the Roswell Air Center late Monday afternoon and end at the Anderson-Bethany Funeral home.

Roswell Fire Chief Devin Graham says Stroble died in Lubbock, Texas, where he was hospitalized for injuries suffered in the June 5 explosion. He was 46.

He was one of two firefighters critically injured in the blast while moving fireworks material at a New Mexico storage area for a Fourth of July show. Roswell firefighter Robert “Hoby” Bonham was sent home from the hospital in late June.

Twelve firefighters in all were hurt in the explosion. Most suffered minor injuries.

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8 a.m.

A New Mexico firefighter who was seriously injured last month in a fireworks explosion has died.

Roswell Fire Chief Devin Graham announced that Roswell firefighter Jeff Stroble died Sunday in Lubbock, Texas, where he was hospitalized for injuries suffered in a June 5 explosion. He was 46.

Robert “Hoby” Bonham of the Roswell Fire Department also was injured in the blast. He was sent home from the hospital in late June.

The pair were critically injured while moving fireworks material at a New Mexico storage area for a planned show.

Twelve firefighters in all were hurt. Most sustained minor injuries.

The city officials in Roswell destroyed the remainder of the fireworks for safety reasons.

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