LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Operations at a Ky. volunteer fire department will resume for the first time in three weeks since losing a firefighter earlier this month.
WLKY reported that Jonathan French, 24, was killed Aug. 6 while responding to a vehicle fire on the side of an interstate. French and his mother, Lisa, were putting out the fire when a semi hit their fire truck, pushing it into Jonathan and his mother.
He died instantly, and his mother was hospitalized with a broken knee and dislocated elbow, according to the report.
Glendale Fire Chief Richard Peters, who is Lisa’s brother, says she is doing well and recovering at home, according to the report.
Since that time, fire departments around the county have been covering their area.
"This is the most tragic thing that's happened here," Chief Peters said. "Jonathan was the go-to guy. They knew if they needed to come down here they could call him and say ‘hey can you meet me at the station?’ 'How do you do this? How do you do that?’"
Chief Peters said while they wait for a replacement fire truck and equipment, a number of local departments have reached out to donate, according to the report.
"We're never going to be able to replace Jonathan and the things that he did,” he said. “I think it'll be emotional for a lot of us because he's not here. I think we can pull ourselves together out of the strength the good Lord has given us and I think we'll be OK."
He said when they get a replacement for the fire truck damaged in the crash, they intend to dedicate it to Jonathan.