Off-Duty Las Vegas Capt. Seriously Injured
LAS VEGAS FIRE & RESCUE
OFF DUTY LAS VEGAS FIRE CAPTAIN IS CRITICALLY INJURED IN AUTO CRASH
An off duty Las Vegas Fire Captain was critically injured in auto crash late Sunday night, ironically it was the crew that he works with each day at the fire station that responded to accident and had to notify his wife that he was critically injured. He is listed in very critical condition in the Intensive Care Unit in the Trauma Unit at UMC.
The accident occurred at approximately 9:00PM at the intersection of Alta Ave & Cimarron Road, which is a four-way stop. As Captain Nathan Pechacek, 40 who had taken the day off, cross through the intersection after stopping, he was allegedly broad sided by another vehicle. The impact caused his Ford Explorer to flip on its side, slide along the street and crash into a parked car. Firefighters from Fire Station Two (at Durango & W. Charleston) responded to the call, not aware that it was their Captain involved in the wreck. When they arrived on the scene, they recognized his car and had to remove the windshield to get the Captain out. They called his wife at home and told her to meet them at UMC Trauma. There were two other minor injuries as a result of the accident; no one was in the Captain's car.
He was taken to the Trauma unit suffering from numerous internal injuries. He spent a number of hours in surgery during the night and was admitted to the Intensive Critical Care Unit. He suffered a number of internal injuries and is listed in critical condition.
Captain Pechacek is a 15-year veteran of Las Vegas Fire & Rescue. His father is a 23 year retired member of the department and his brother-in-law is a firefighter with Clark County Fire Department. He is married and has a daughter 14 and son 8.
Firefighters and family members stayed at the hospital all night. At 10:00AM, Monday a mobile command post was set up in front of the Trauma Unit at UMC for the numerous firefighters and family members to meet and have a place to rest.