Russell Arlen Achord, Deputy Fire Chief

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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

Russell Arlen Achord was honored on the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Emmitsburg, Maryland .
Age: 48
Rank: Deputy Fire Chief
Classification: Career
Incident date: January 17, 2018 09:05
Date of death: January 17, 2018
Cause of death: Struck By
Nature of death: Trauma
Activity type: Other
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Non-Fire
Fixed property use: Street/Road