James E. Sommers, Fire Chief/Public Safety Director

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On the evening of August 6, 2019, Fire Chief/Public Safety Director James E. Sommers was returning home on his motorcycle from a Suwannee County Commission Meeting, where he was representing the Suwannee Fire Rescue Department, when he was struck by a vehicle.  Sommers was immediately transported to the Lake City Medical Center where he died from the injuries he sustained in the accident.

Department information

Suwannee Fire Rescue
13530 80TH Terrace
Live Oak, Florida 32060

Chief: Assistant Chief Eddie Hand

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

Age: 40
Rank: Fire Chief/Public Safety Director
Classification: Career
Incident date: August 6, 2019 20:16
Date of death: August 6, 2019
Cause of death: Struck By
Nature of death: Trauma
Activity type: Other
Emergency duty: No
Duty type: Returning
Fixed property use: Public Assembly