LONG BEACH, MS (WLOX) - The New Orleans Fire Department is in mourning following the death of two of their own. The fire department said the two off-duty New Orleans firefighters who were killed in an accident in Long Beach Sunday were highly praised by their commanding officers and respected by their peers.
They were involved in a single vehicle accident on Highway 90.
Firefighter Tommy Ashby, 28, and firefighter Scott Blanchard, 27, died due the injuries they sustained. Two other passengers were in the vehicle also, they were transported to Memorial Hospital in Gulfport.
According to the New Orleans Fire Department, Ashby has been with the department since September 20, 2007 and Blanchard had been with the department since August 29, 2010.
In a brief statement expressing his condolences, Interim-Superintendent Timothy McConnell stated:
"Although the careers of both men were relatively short, their talents, dedication and potential were obvious and will be missed".
Ashby and Blanchard had volunteered to restore fire stations damaged due to Hurricane Katrina. The fire department also stated their sympathy and condolences to the firefighter's families, friends and coworkers.