Police Investigating Crash that Claimed Los Angeles Fire Recruit

April 16, 2024
A hit-and-run investigation is underway after Los Angeles Fire Department recruit Jacob Fuerte was struck on his way to the fire academy.

The Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) identified the Recruit Firefighter who died Monday after being struck by a car at an accident scene, saying the LAFD was in his blood. His father is an active LAFD firefighter.

Jacob Fuerte, 22, was enroute to the LAFD Drill Tower Academy when he was struck by a car on the 101 Freeway in Studio City around 5:15 a.m.

Fuerte "may have been involved in a traffic collision. He got out of his vehicle to likely assess the situation and help anyone in need when he was hit by another car," the department said in a statement.

Firefighters from LAFD stations responded to the scene and, "...unfortunately, they had to declare our member deceased."

Fuerte’s father has been with LAFD for 17 years, currently serving as a firefighter/paramedic.

He was 10 weeks into the department's 20 week academy, having joined the department Feb. 12.
“I received devastating news this morning that one of our colleagues lost their life tragically," Los Angeles Fire Chief Kristin Crowley said. "He had just started his firefighting career, which requires courage, bravery, and prioritizing others before oneself. Our thoughts and prayers remain with his family during this most difficult time."
The fire department said the California Highway Patrol is conducting a hit-and-run investigation in regards to the accident.

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