LAFD Mourns The Passing of Recruit Firefighter Jacob Fuerte

Monday, April 15, 2024
Los Angeles Fire Department Recruit Firefighter Jacob Fuerte
Los Angeles Fire Department Recruit Firefighter Jacob Fuerte
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The Los Angeles City Fire Department (LAFD) is mourning the loss of one of our recruit firefighters.






In the early morning hours of April 15, 2024, a tragic incident occurred on the NB 101 freeway at Vineland Avenue in Studio City. An LAFD recruit on his way to the Drill Tower Academy for training 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. Our own firefighter paramedics responded quickly to the scene, but unfortunately, they had to declare our member deceased.

LAFD Recruit Firefighter Jacob Fuerte, 22, joined the LAFD on February 12, 2024. He was in week 10 of a 20-week rigorous training program. He is survived by his father, two sisters, and a brother.   

Recruit Fuerte’s father is a 17-year veteran Firefighter/Paramedic with the department, and he has dedicated his life to helping others. Raised in the LAFD family, Recruit Fuerte understood the importance of helping those in need. 

“I received devastating news this morning that one of our colleagues lost their life tragically. 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.” said City of Los Angeles Fire Chief Kristin Crowley.

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) is conducting a full investigation into this tragedy's circumstances (including the possibility of a hit-and-run). Any members of the public with information that may assist with this investigation, are encouraged to contact the CHP West Valley Area Office at 818-888-0980 Monday-Friday 8 am-5 pm.

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