Reno Fire Chief Dave Cochran issued a statement Sunday morning about the Saturday accident involving a Reno Fire Department ladder truck that left a pedestrian dead. Cochran called the accident tragic and said while it is affecting the fire department, they remain committed to protecting the public. Cochran said they are cooperating fully with the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office in the investigation. Sunday, a ladder truck hit a woman in the area of East Fourth Street and Valley Road at about 6:55 a.m. Her identity has not been released. The sheriff’s office asks any witnesses who have not talked to investigators to call patrol at 775-328-3350.
Here is Chief Cochran’s statement:
“It is with a heavy heart that I can confirm that a Reno Fire Department ladder truck was involved in a fatal vehicle versus pedestrian accident yesterday morning. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the public and the media for their understanding and willingness to avoid the downtown area during that time.
I am deeply saddened knowing that our community has been devastated by this tragic accident. The Reno Fire Department in particular is feeling a tremendous impact and loss. No words can describe how sorry I am for those who have been affected, and I offer my heartfelt condolences.
At a time like this you may feel concerns about safety, but rest assured, the men and women of the Reno Fire Department remain committed to protecting and serving this community we call home. The Reno Fire Department is cooperating fully with the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, who is investigating the incident. If anyone witnessed the accident and has not yet been in contact with investigators, I would encourage them to contact the Washoe County Patrol Division at 775-328-3350.”