Juan Manuel Hernandez, Jr.

Firefighter Hernandez was killed in a vehicle collision while working near Willows, California. The engine in which he was riding was stuck by a pickup truck that crossed the center line and impacted the engine along the left underside and rear dual wheels. The engine flipped and landed upside down. Firefighter Hernandez was wearing a seat belt but was partially ejected from the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Department Information

USDA Forest Service
1101 New York Avenue
Alamogordo, New Mexico 88310

Chief: Daisy E. Evans, Personnel Officer

Juan Manuel Hernandez, Jr. 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: 21 
Rank: Firefighter, GS-3 
Classification: Career 
Incident date: Sep 4, 1998 
Date of death: Sep 4, 1998 
Cause of death: Struck By 
Nature of death: Trauma 
Activity type: Driving/Operating Vehicle/Apparatus 
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: Responding 
Fixed property use: Outdoor Property