A 48-year-old Louisiana deputy chief was hit and killed during a roadside accident call on Wednesday night, striking pain and loss into the tight-knit community.
Deputy Chief Russell Achord of West Feliciana Parish Fire Protection District 1 was killed on the scene of an accident north of Saint Francisville, after a passing vehicle lost control due to icy conditions.
The driver of the vehicle -51-year-old Robert McCoy- was not injured in the crash, though his vehicle did cause several casualties.
According to The Advocate, Achord was transported to the hospital but later died.
Chief James Wood was saddened by the loss of his second in command, speaking his praises in a released statement.
“He had an accomplished career as a paramedic, a law enforcement officer and firefighter,” Wood said. “Chief Achord has numerous awards, including an award for valor in the line of duty.”
He leaves behind a wife and two children.
Local fire units from other areas are currently acting as relief while WFPFPD1 mourn their losses and tend to their casualties.