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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

USFA: Official LODD announcement: Inmate Wildland Firefighter

Name: Fernando Sanchez
Rank: Inmate Firefighter
Age: 25
Gender: Male
Status: Wildland Part-Time
Years of Service: Pending
Date of Incident: 11/23/2010
Time of Incident: 1420hrs
Date of Death: 11/23/2010
Fire Department: California Department of Corrections
Address: 1515 S Street, Suite 502, South Sacramento, CA 95814
Fire Department Chief: Secretary Matthew Cate
Incident Description: Inmate Firefighter Sanchez was killed when the crew carrying vehicle (CCV) he was riding in was struck head-on by a car that, according to press reports, had crossed over the center of the roadway into oncoming traffic.
Sanchez, along with other inmate firefighters, was reported to have been ejected from the heavily damaged CCV as it rolled at least one time along the shoulder of the roadway coming to a final resting position on its right side.  Four of the other inmates were critically injured.  Eight additional people, including a Los Angeles County Fire Department firefighter who drove the CCV and served as the crew's leader, received minor-to-moderate injuries. The driver of the car that struck the CCV was also killed and pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.
Incident Location: Highway 138 near Interstate 5 south of Gorman.
Funeral Arrangements: Pending
Memorial Fund Contact and Address: Pending
Tribute is being paid to Inmate Firefighter Fernando Sanchez at

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