Jonathan Eric French

Firefighter French and other firefighters were working at the side of a highway fighting a fire in a 15-passenger van. As the firefighters worked, an 18-wheeler truck passed into the scene and struck 2 firefighters, killing Firefighter French. The truck then struck and damaged both of the department’s fire apparatus.

The other firefighter injured in this incident is Firefighter French’s mother.

Incident Location: Near MM 87, Southbound Interstate 65 about a mile north of Glendale, KY (U.S. National Grid: 16S FG 0011 6324)

Department Information

Glendale Fire Department
405 Main ST
U.S. National Grid: 16S EG 9672 6214
Glendale, Kentucky 42740

Chief: Richard Peters

Jonathan Eric French was honored on the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Emmitsburg, Maryland and was included in the USFA’s annual report Firefighter Fatalities in the United States.
Age: 25 
Rank: Firefighter 
Classification: Volunteer 
Incident Date: Aug 6, 2014 03:30
Date of Death: Aug 6, 2014 
Cause of Death: Struck By 
Nature of Death: Trauma 
Activity Type: Advance Hose Lines/Fire Attack (includes Wildland) 
Emergency Duty: Yes
Duty Type: On-Scene Fire 
Fixed Property Use: Street/Road