As posted yesterday, Deputy Chief Russell Achord was struck and killed on I-61 while doing what has become our riskiest on scene operation-working on the roadways**.
While at the scene of that initial motor vehicle collision involving a tractor-trailer that had run off the side of a highway due to icy conditions, the driver of a second vehicle, a pickup truck pulling a trailer, lost control and crashed into the scene.
Several people were struck and injured, including Deputy Fire Chief Russell Achord, who became pinned under a vehicle. Fellow Firefighters and EMS rushed to extract Chief Achord and provided advanced life support while he was transported to the West Feliciana Hospital where he died from his injuries.
Chief Achord began as a volunteer Firefighter with the Fire Protection District more than 24 years ago, and for the last three served in the full-time position of deputy fire chief
He also served as a well respected and accomplished Paramedic, a Law Enforcement Officer and Firefighter and received numerous awards, including an award for valor in the line of duty.
Chief Achord is survived by his wife and two children along with many friends and family.
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