EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — On Thursday, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham ordered state flags to half-staff in mourning for Janet Tracy, a volunteer firefighter who was killed on Tuesday in an apparent accident on duty.
Flags are ordered to half-staff beginning Friday through sundown Sunday to correspond with a planned funeral procession in Sierra County.
“I’m shaken by this horrific incident,” said Lujan Grisham. “Volunteer firefighters are an essential component of the health and safety of so many New Mexico communities. The work they do is selfless and often life-saving. Janet Tracy was a New Mexican who stepped up to serve her community – and we are grateful to her for her service and to those like her, answering the call of service in towns and villages all throughout New Mexico, every single day. My prayers are with her wife, Anita, and their children.”
New Mexico State Police are investigating the incident, which left the Caballo Volunteer Firefighter dead after she was struck by a fire truck near Truth or Consequences.
Around 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, police were initially investigating a single-vehicle non-injury crash on I-25 at milepost 63 south of Truth or Consequences. During the investigation, officers were alerted to a firefighter on that scene who had been struck by a fire truck.
Investigators said Tracy, 59, of Caballo, NM was on the initial crash scene providing aid and supported the victim. Around 12:20 p.m., a Caballo fire truck driven by a 52-year-old man who also is a Caballo volunteer firefighter was being repositioned, investigators said.
Police said the driver did not see Tracy and backed over her. Track suffered fatal injuries in the incident and was pronounced dead on the scene by the Office of the Medical Investigator.
State Police will not release the identity of the firefighter driving the fire truck. The fire truck was not equipped with a backup camera, police said.
This incident is being investigated by the New Mexico State Police Department.
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