Twenty-three-year-old Cody Emery lost his life on Monday, May 2 after his vehicle collided with a Lexington Fire Department fire engine that was responding to an emergency call at the intersection of Nichols Park Drive and Man O’War Boulevard, located near Nicholasville Road in Lexington, Kentucky.
According to the Fayette County coroner, Emery’s car traversed the raised concrete median which separated the inner and outer loops of Man O’War Boulevard.
Lexington Fire Department Assistant Chief Harold Hoskins stated the firefighter manning Engine 15 had to be extricated by rescue teams as he had been trapped in the vehicle during the collision while suffering from minor injuries.
Hoskins said responding firefighters should also take care to be safe en route to their areas of rescue, noting, “We tell people early on that until you get to a scene, you’re not going to benefit anyone. You’re not going to have a positive impact on anything on a scene until you get there.”