Riverside County Firefighter Fatally Struck on 10 Freeway Identified
PALM DESERT - A Riverside County Firefighter was struck and killed on the shoulder of the 10 Freeway this morning.
The Firefighter was on a fire truck responding to another traffic accident on the freeway.
His fire truck stopped on the shoulder of the freeway near the Monterey exit, and he stepped off the truck and was hit by a passing vehicle.
He was transported to Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs where he died.
UPDATE: The firefighter has been identified in this release from Riverside County Fire:
Fatally Injured CAL FIRE Firefighter Identified
Riverside – CAL FIRE Fire Apparatus Engineer/Paramedic Christopher Douglas, 41, of Temecula was fatally injured while responding to a traffic collision along Interstate 10 near the Thousand Palms area in Riverside County. He was an eight year veteran of CAL FIRE.
Engineer Douglas is survived by his wife, Amy, and son, Sammy (2). Christopher is also survived his siblings, Martin Douglas of Colorado Springs, Heather Douglas of Denver, mother, Veronica Herrington and family of Newport Beach,his in-laws, Ronald and Sheryl Aitken of Newport Beach, and sister in law Jessica Carroll of Costa Mesa,
Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued the following statement regarding the death of Engineer/Paramedic Christopher Douglas:
“Anne and I were saddened to learn of the death of Engineer Christopher Douglas. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and fellow state firefighters.”