Jesse William Ketchum

Firefighter Jesse Ketchum was responding to an outdoor (field) fire call when the fire apparatus he was operating crashed while negotiating a curve and overturned several times, ejecting Ketchum and a passenger in the vehicle. Firefighter Ketchum died at the scene from injuries sustained and the passenger, John Chancellor, was treated and flown to the University Hospital in Columbia, Missouri, with serious injuries. According to initial reports, seat belts were not in use at the time of the crash.

Incident Location: Highway 15 three miles north of Memphis (U.S. National Grid: 15T WE 7097 8372

Department Information

City of Memphis Volunteer Fire Department
104 N Washington ST POB 261
U.S. National Grid: 15T WE 7027 7905
Memphis, Missouri 63555-0261

Chief: Jimmy Winn

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

Age: 33 
Rank: Firefighter 
Classification: Volunteer 
Incident date: May 29, 2017 18:12
Date of death: May 29, 2017 
Cause of death: Vehicle Collision - Includes Aircraft 
Nature of death: Trauma 
Activity type: Driving/Operating Vehicle/Apparatus 
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: Responding 
Fixed property use: Outdoor Property