Stan Wilson: Dallas Fire-Rescue

Stan Wilson: Dallas Fire-Rescue

Stan Wilson’s family, friends finally have some answers

The death of firefighter Stan Wilson — a Lake Highlands High School alum who perished last year while fighting an apartment complex inferno near Richland College — has been the subject of intense scrutiny throughout the past year.

The Dallas Morning News has done an exemplary job of pressing various investigating bodies for answers. Finally, last week, the News reported that two official investigations reveal that “tactical errors by commanders and miscommunication” contributed to Wilson’s death.

DART train runs over man at White Rock Station

A man was trapped under a DART train at White Rock Station late last week, and WFAA has a slideshow of the dramatic rescue.

One witness told reporters that she believed the man purposely jumped in front of the oncoming train. The man was cut and bruised but not seriously injured. DART travel was delayed by about two hours.

After landing in Texas during WWII, British pilot built a museum in Terrell, made his home in Lake Highlands 

The oldest living ex-cadet from the Royal Air Force — a group of 2,200 British pilots who trained in Terrell, TX during World War II — is 90-year old Eric Gill of Lake Highlands.

According to this News story, dozens of those British pilots married Texas women; some of those stayed in the States and raised families in the area. Like many of his fellow soldiers, Gill liked Texas, especially Dallas and Austin, specifically for the job market and the food. He returned to England for a bit after the war but soon found his way back to Dallas, where he attended Southern Methodist University until he ran out of money.

He helped found a small museum at the Terrell Municipal Airport, The No. 1 British Flying Training School Museum (visit the web site for a related documentary).

The museum grounds include a small cemetery and memorial site, honoring the 19 British soldiers who died in training accidents.