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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Tuesday night a Dallas firefighter was being remembered as a father, husband and man who died helping others.

It was late Monday night when William Tanksley was working at the scene of a crash on the southbound Spur 408 exit-ramp, above Interstate-20.

Investigators say another driver on the ramp was traveling at an unsafe speed and hit Tanksley. The 14-year veteran of the Dallas Fire-Rescue Department was killed after being knocked off the side of the overpass and down onto the interstate.

William Scott Tanksley (credit: Dallas Fire-Rescue)

William Scott Tanksley (credit: Dallas Fire-Rescue)

William “Scott” Tanksley was married with three children. His death is under investigation, but sources tell CBS 11 News the death appears to be the result of an unfortunate ice-related accident.

Clouds, cold and condolences hovered over the community in the Kaufman County town of Kemp. In addition to being a resident of the town Tanksley was a beloved father, coach and role model.

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Dallas firefighter-paramedic William Tanksley was known as Scott… the small-town boy who had a major league pitching arm, until an injury ended that journey.

A different path in life would ultimately lead the 40-year-old to a new career with Dallas Fire Rescue.

“He loved his job, people, his family, his coworkers and they loved him,” said Scott’s uncle, Tom Tanksley.

The elder Tanksley, who is a retired member of the fire department, said his family knew the dangers firefighting could bring.  Sadly, the danger came true for them.

“There are a number of injuries that come with motor vehicle accidents.  Firefighting just has inherent dangers,” Tom Tanksley said of the profession.

A car, with no apparent traction on an icy overpass, hit Scott Tanksley while he was helping the victims of another accident.

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