Loretta Ann Sykes, Firefighter

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Deputy Chief Clinton Alvin Beasley and Firefighter Loretta Ann Sykes were directing traffic at the scene where a dump truck got tangled in power lines at Mississippi 589 and Oloh Road (Lamar County, MS) when they were struck by a hit-and-run driver. Both Beasley and Sykes passed away at the scene from injuries sustained when hit. The driver of the vehicle was later apprehended by Lamar County law enforcement.

Department information

Sumrall Volunteer Fire Department
12 Water Street
Sumrall, Mississippi 39482

Chief: Heath Sumrall

Fatality status is provisional and may change as USFA contacts State Fire Marshals to verify fatality incident information.

Age: 53
Rank: Firefighter
Classification: Volunteer
Incident date: March 15, 2017 18:00
Date of death: March 15, 2017
Cause of death: Struck By
Nature of death: Trauma
Activity type: Scene Safety
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Non-Fire
Fixed property use: Street/Road