Russell Achord

While at the scene of a motor vehicle collision involving a tractor-trailer that had run off the side of a highway due to icy conditions, the driver of a second vehicle, a pickup truck pulling a trailer, lost control and crashed into scene. Several people were struck and injured, including Deputy Fire Chief Russell Achord, who was pinned under a vehicle. Fellow responders rushed to extract Chief Achord and provided medical aid measures while he was transported to the West Feliciana Hospital where he died from his injuries.

Incident Location: Southbound US 61 north of LA 421 (Approximate U.S. National Grid: 15R XQ 5822 1920)

Department Information

West Feliciana Parish Fire Protection District #1
9892 W Feliciana PKWY POB 1190
U.S. National Grid: 15R XQ 5486 0924
Saint Francisville, Louisiana 70775-1190

Chief: James R. Wood

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

Age: 48 
Rank: Deputy Fire Chief 
Classification: Career 
Incident date: Jan 17, 2018 09:05
Date of death: Jan 17, 2018 
Cause of death: Vehicle Collision - Includes Aircraft 
Nature of death: Trauma 
Activity type: Other 
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Non-Fire 
Fixed property use: Street/Road