Memorial held for firefighters killed in crash

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WINNEMUCCA, Nev. (KOLO) - A public memorial was held Tuesday for Bureau of Land Management firefighters Jacob O’Malley and Will Hawkins.

The service took place July 19, 2016, in Winnemucca. Governor Brian Sandoval was at the ceremony; he ordered state flags to half staff in honor of the firefighters.

The men were killed in a crash on Highway 140 north of Winnemucca July 10.

27-year-old O'Malley, of Zephyr Cove, was the driver of the BLM fire truck. 22-year-old Hawkins of Reno was a passenger.

Another passenger was 23-year-old Zachery McElroy of Reno. He was taken to Renown Regional Medical Center via Care Flight, and has since been released.

About 5:20PM July 10, 2016, troopers responded to the crash about six miles north of the SR140/US95 junction, about 37 miles north of Winnemucca.

Preliminary investigation indicates the truck was headed south on SR140 when it overturned due to tire failure.

BLM State Communication Chief Steve Clutter says, "Our hearts are heavy, but our focus, our thoughts, our prayers are with the families of these extraordinary brave people who served to protect the people of Nevada and the public lands of that belong to all of us."

The BLM says the firefighters were returning from a routine patrol investigating lightning strikes in the area when the accident occurred.

A procession July 11 took the bodies to Reno via Interstate 80 from Winnemucca to the Washoe County Medical Examiner's Office. More than 70 BLM and other firefighting vehicles were included.


Procession flag at I-80 and Sparks Boulevard