Ethan Dennis, 78, was taken by AirMed helicopter Wednesday evening, September 1st, to Shannon Medical Center in San Angelo after being overtaken by a grass fire near his home on County Road 312, some 10 miles north of Eldorado.

Dennis was found on the ground near his pickup and had suffered burns to his face and body. He was later transferred to the University Medical Center Burn Unit in Lubbock.

Eldorado volunteer firefighters were battling a grass fire in hopes of stopping it from spreading when they noticed Dennis’ pickup near the edge of the burned area.

Jacob Swindle, who lives nearby, found Dennis near the pickup and called for assistance. Schleicher County EMS volunteers responded and immediately called for the AirMed helicopter.