John C Cammack

On Wednesday, June 21, 2017, while attempting to fill tankers on a wildland firefight involving several local fire departments, Firefighter John C. Cammack fell from the back of a firefighting apparatus as it was escaping from wind driven flames that had switched direction and burned over their location. A second firefighter, Kyle Perez, was also hanging onto the truck as it drove through the flames and was injured. Perez said that after Cammack fell from the truck, they quickly returned to find him walking towards them, apparently badly injured. As they approached, Cammack first inquired to Perez’ condition, asking if the thirty-five year-old firefighter was okay. Cammack was then treated by fellow responders and both firefighters were transported to the hospital. Firefighter Cammack succumbed on Thursday, June 22, 2017, to injuries sustained. Perez was later released from the hospital.

Incident Location: Approximately five miles south of Obar, NM (U.S. National Grid: 13S FV 62 24)

Department Information

Nara Visa Fire Department
25 S 4th St POB 303
U.S. National Grid: 13S FV 7201 4199
Nara Visa, New Mexico 88430

Chief: Gary Girard

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

Age: 74 
Rank: Firefighter 
Classification: Volunteer 
Incident date: Jun 21, 2017 17:40
Date of death: Jun 22, 2017 
Cause of death: Caught or Trapped 
Nature of death: Burns 
Activity type: Water Supply 
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Fire 
Fixed property use: Outdoor Property