Ronda Sylvest Varnado

Firefighter Ronda Sylvest Varnado was driving a fully loaded water truck responding to the scene of a residential fire in the Mt. Hermon area. Near the intersection of Mt. Pisgah Road and Burch Road, the truck left the roadway and tipped over, sliding several yards before striking an embankment. At that point, the water tank came loose and crashed into the truck cab, causing the death of Firefighter Varnado. Investigation of the crash continues by the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Incident Location: Near Mt Pisgah Rd & Burch Rd, Mt Hermon, LA 70450 (U.S. National Grid: 15R YQ 6491 2156)

Department Information

Washington Parish Fire Protection District #2
41280 Highway 10
U.S. National Grid: 15R YQ 6649 1674
Franklinton, Louisiana 70438

Chief: Larry Sylvest

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

Age: 54 
Rank: Firefighter 
Classification: Volunteer 
Incident date: Jul 6, 2017 20:30
Date of death: Jul 6, 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: Street/Road