A Hays County firefighter was fired for posting photos of a deadly crash on social media, according to a statement from North Hays County Fire Rescue.
The firefighter posted photos of an accident in which Devin Dienst, a 16-year-old student at Katherine Anne Porter Charter High School, was killed. His 17-year-old brother Derek Dienst, who was driving, and two female teenagers were seriously injured and taken to the hospital.
According to the Department of Public Safety, their vehicle left the road in the 11300 block of RM 150 approaching Onion Creek at 12:44 a.m. Wednesday.
An internal investigation concluded the firefighter did post photos of the incident on social media. He was fired Thursday morning.
Representatives of the Hays County Emergency Services District No. 6 said they want to assure the community that the “wrongful actions” of one employee does not represent the district’s culture or core values.
“On behalf of its commissioners, paid staff, and volunteer personnel, the District expresses its most sincere and deepest sympathy and condolences to the relatives and friends whose family members were affected by the accident and this incident,” the agency said in a statement. “The District also wants to convey its sincerest apologies for the intentional and wrongful actions of this terminated individual, and reiterate this type of behavior is not and will not be tolerated or condoned by the District.”
Hays County Sheriff’s Office said no criminal investigation is underway as the incident was handled internally by the fire district.
Sara Kirkpatrick Dishman, whose daughter was Dienst’s classmate, said she reported the firefighter to county officials.
Dishman said Dienst’ cousin contacted her after seeing the firefighter had posted photos of the accident on SnapChat.
Dishman immediately contacted county officials, she said.
“Immediately Commissioner Will Conley, a 15 year friend, told me whom to contact,” Dishman said. “The Wimberley Constable immediately contacted the Fire Chief. Also the head of EMS here in Wimberley immediately did the same for his EMS counterpart in Dripping Springs.”
Dishman said she received a call Thursday morning from Todd Colvin, North Hays County Fire Rescue Assistant Chief, to inform her the firefighter had been fired.
“He needed to be held accountable,” Dishman said.
The firefighter posted several photos, including one of Dienst’s body at the scene of the accident.
“His posts were horrific,” Dishman said. “He was ‘showing-off’ on SnapChat.”
Dishman identified the firefighter as Josh Lawrence.