UPDATE: Man in train fatality had eventful career

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UPDATE: August 20, 2020 9:28 a.m.

On Thursday Sheppard Air Force Base gave a statement on the death of Hirten.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of Chaplain Hirten.  He touched many lives for good here at Sheppard and throughout his ministry, both in and out of uniform. We join with his family members, friends and fellow Airmen in mourning his loss,” said Director of Public Affairs at Sheppard Air Force Base George Woodard.

UPDATE: August 18, 2020, 5:28 p.m.

The person who died by suicide Saturday night according to WFPD has been identified as Rev. Timothy Hirten, Ch. Maj., USAF, who was assigned to Sheppard Air Force Base according to Our Lady of the Skies Sheppard AFB Catholic Community

According to The Deacon’s Bench, Hirten was a professional basketball player for the Washington Generals who were the opponents or of the Harlem Globetrotters.

The Brooklyn Tablet gave a brief report on Hirten for his 25th anniversary of his ordination.

“Born in Mercy Hospital, Rockville Centre, he attended Holy Spirit School, New Hyde Park; Holy Name of Mary School, Valley Stream; St. Barnabas School, Bellmore; St. John the Baptist H.S., West Islip; Franciscan University, Steubenville, Pa.; North American College, Rome; and the Pontifical University of St. Thomas in Rome.

He was ordained Oct. 9, 1993 by Bishop Thomas V. Daily at St. James Cathedral-Basilica, Downtown Brooklyn.

Prior to entering the seminary, he was a professional basketball player, traveling the world with the Washington Generals, the opponents of the Harlem Globetrotters.

He served as an assistant at St. Joan of Arc, Jackson Heights, 1993-97, and Sacred Heart, Bayside, before entering the Air Force. He served in Europe and was activated following the Sept. 11 attacks on America. In 2006, he was assigned to McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey. He did several tours in the Mideast while assigned to bases in Oklahoma and Delaware.

He also holds a degree in social work from Fordham University, specializing in alcohol abuse prevention.”

The Tablet

We have reached out to Sheppard Air Force Base for a comment.

UPDATE: August 17, 2020, 10:33 a.m.

The Wichita Falls Police Department has ruled the accident involving a train on North Beverly Drive and Iowa Park Road involving a 66-year-old male as a suicide.

WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL)— Multiple law enforcement agencies are on the scene of an injury accident at the railroad crossing at North Beverly Drive and Iowa Park Road.

The train is currently stopped and Wichita Falls police, fire department, and AMR are all on scene.

This incident is under investigation, stick with Texoma’s Homepage as we work to learn more information.

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