A German fire officer, who was paralyzed in a November 2008 silo fire, took his own life.

Fire Officer Peter Jung, 42, formally of the Worms Fire Brigade for the German city of Worms, who had been the incident commander at the fire in the Rheind¼rkheimer silos, has died.

The fire broke out in a processor loading dock of a malt silo on the river Rhine. A 24-year-old firefighter from Rheind¼rkheim was killed when concrete debris fell on him.

Seven other firefighters were hurt, four seriously. Jung was one of the seriously injured firefighters. He had been a paraplegic and confined to a wheelchair since the fire.

More than 200 firefighters worked to get the blaze under control. It was the first time a Worms Fire Brigade firefighter died in the line of duty.

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John Guilfoil is the editor-in-chief of Blast: Boston's Online Magazine and the Blast Magazine Network. He can be reached at [email protected]. Tweet @johnguilfoil.

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