Monahans High School Graduate Passes Away in Panhandle Wildfire; Close Friend Reacts to the Tragedy

MONAHANS, Texas - (Local 2/Fox 24) - Amarillo wild fires are spreading across the panhandle and even hitting home here in the basin.
 
Several fires breaking out Monday afternoon, killing four people, three of them, trying to move cattle to safety.
 
One of those victims, Sydney Wallace, a 2012 Monahans High School graduate, was one of the people who passed away while trying to move the livestock to safety in Gray County.
 
Jensen Phipps is a close friend of Wallace, who graduated with her from Monahans, and said she couldn't believe it.
 
"My mom saw it on Facebook and told me I should read it [tears]," Phipps said. "She was a very sweet girl. Well mannered, everybody liked her. I remember always going to bible study with her on Wednesday nights."
 
Phipps played softball at Monahans, while Wallace ran track and cross country.
 
Both sports brought them closer together.
 
"She was always a runner," Phipps said. "She liked to run all the time and I hated it. So I told her to run for me, and she said she would."
 
Phipps said when she woke up to the smell of smoke Tuesday morning in Monahans, and found out it came from the fire that killed her close friend...
 
"It kind of made me think that Sydney was all over," said Phipps.
 
Phipps said Wallace's boyfriend, Cody Crockett, also passed away in the wildfire, while they both were trying to save the cattle.
 
Our thoughts and prayers go out to their families during this tragic time.

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