The firefighter who died of his injuries suffered when struck while working a crash in the desert was from Temecula.
Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. issued a statement regarding the death of Cal Fire 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.”
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A Cal Fire engineer helping a motorist in a crash on the Interstate 10 in Thousand Palms Friday died of injuries suffered when struck by another vehicle, officials said.
“This tragic accident affects the entire CAL FIRE family and deeply saddens all of the firefighting community,” Chief John R. Hawkins, CAL FIRE / Riverside County Fire Department, wrote in a news release.
The crash was reported about 9:30 a.m., according to the CHP, which issued a traffic advisory for closure of both the entrance and exit ramps on the eastbound side.
The firefighter apparently was at the scene of a pickup truck crash that trapped an occupant on the 10, between Washington Street and Monterey Avenue, the CHP reported.
The apparatus engineer/paramedic was taken to Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs, where doctors pronounced the death, officials said.
Identification has been withheld, pending notification of kin; funeral arrangements were pending.