We regret to pass on that a New Mexico volunteer Firefighter was killed in the Line of Duty after being struck by a backing fire truck.
Around 1130 hours yesterday, July 20, officers were investigating a single-vehicle non-injury crash on I-25 south of Truth or Consequences, N.M.
Caballo Volunteer Firefighter Janet Tracy, 59, was on the scene of the crash providing aid and support to the victim. Around 1220 hours a Caballo fire truck driven by a Caballo Volunteer Firefighter was being repositioned. The Firefighter driving the truck did not see Tracy and backed over her-she was pronounced at the scene. The rig is not equipped with a backup camera. Our condolences to all those affected.
In April of this year, Laura Madara of the Selbyville Volunteer Fire Company (Delaware) was killed in the Line of Duty as she too was backed over by apparatus at the scene of an incident.
More grim reminders that a backer must always be used as well as a 360 walk around – must be done – before moving apparatus.
Our condolences to all those affected. Rest In Peace.