Flood hero killed in fire station

A MAN who helped residents escape last year's flood disaster at Theodore in Central Queensland has been killed in a tragic accident at the town's fire station.

The ABC understands the 28-year-old mechanic was called to the fire station on Friday night to work on a truck that had broken down.

It is believed he was working under the vehicle when a senior officer at the station started the truck, reversed out and accidentally crushed him.

Former Councillor Ron Bock says the man was a valuable member of the local State Emergency Service, who helped evacuate Theodore when the Dawson River peaked after Christmas last year.

"He would have been one of the last to leave. I remember seeing him at this time last year and he was absolutely exhausted. He put in a terrific effort," he said.

Read more at ABC news online.