New Orleans, LA. – With deep regrets the New Orleans Fire Department announces the loss of two of its members. Early Sunday morning on July 7, 2013 two off-duty New Orleans Fire Department members were involved in a single-vehicle accident in Long Beach, Mississippi. Both members succumbed to injuries sustained in the accident.
Firefighter Tommy Ashby was 28 years old and had been a member of the New Orleans Fire Department since September 20, 2007.
Firefighter Scott Blanchard was 27 years old and had been a member of the New Orleans Fire Department since August 29, 2010.
In a brief statement expressing his condolences, Interim-Superintendent Timothy McConnell stated that “Both members were highly praised by their commanding officers and respected by their peers. Although the careers of both men were relatively short, their talents, dedication and potential were obvious and will be missed”. Additionally, both members had volunteered their time and talents to restoring fire stations damaged during Hurricane Katrina.
Arrangements are incomplete at this time. Please allow our members a moment to process this tragedy and time for bereavement. Our sympathy and condolences go out to their families, friends and coworkers. Please keep their families and all affected by this tragic loss in your prayers.