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LODD in Kentucky – Passing Truck Strikes Pump Operator

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2nd FF Injured – Relative of Fatality

A GLENDALE (Kentucky) VOL. FIRE DEPARTMENT PUMPER was operating at a vehicle fire on the shoulder of I-65 in Hardin County early Tuesday morning when a passing tractor-trailer rig struck the side of the pumper and killed the operator.

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WHAS-TV

The burning vehicle was a 15-passenger van which was apparently well involved on the shoulder of the highway.

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WAVE-TV / Kington

The right fender of the truck sideswiped the engine at the pump panel and cab.

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WHAS-TV

Kentucky State Police have identified the victim as Jonathan French and also confirmed that the injured firefighter was Jonathan’s mother Lisa French.  She was airlifted to a hospital where she is being treated for serious but non-life threatening injuries.

FirefighterCloseCalls is reporting that the Glendale fire chief is Lisa’s father brother and Jonathan’s uncle.

So far there are no reports of any passengers in the van.

WAVE-TV has the STORY.

Note:  Early reports are always sketchy and oftentimes modified later.  It is possible that the stricken pumper was being used for lane blocking and a 2nd engine was engaged in the extinguishment action.

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  • mr618

    Something doesn’t sound right here. Jonathan French was killed, his mother, Lisa French, was injured, and the Glendale fire chief is “Lisa’s father and Jonathan’s uncle.” It would seem to me the Chief would be Jonathan’s grandfather. Unless there was some hanky-panky going on.

    • firegeezer

      Sorry, Andrew. My mistake …. he is Lisa’s brother. I’ll correct it. Thanks.
      Bill S.