Off-duty Frederick County firefighter dies in tractor accident

Posted at 12:40 PM, Jun 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-04 14:07:22-04

DICKERSON, Md. — Frederick County Fire and Rescue have confirmed the unexpected death of one of their firefighters.

On Tuesday, a welfare check was requested by Frederick County Division of Fire and Rescue when Firefighter Drue Jones, 60, did not arrive for his regularly scheduled shift. Montgomery County Fire, Police and Frederick County Fire and Rescue arrived to his residence in Dickerson. Shortly after arriving, a coordinated search team was formed to canvas his expansive property.

Within 20 minutes, an overturned tractor was located. The tractor, and its one male occupant, was found down a steep embankment. However, due to the complex terrain, the slope of the embankment and the likelihood of traumatic injury to anyone within the search team, the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Technical Rescue Team, MDSP aviation and the medical "Go Team" was requested.

Once crews were able to access the victim, it was determined that Jones died of his injuries and was pronounced dead at 9:14 a.m.

Police and Fire crews are still on the scene investigating the incident.

Jones, a career firefighter that was assigned to the Vigilant Hose Company, is a 14-year member of the Frederick County Division of Fire and Rescue. His son, Stephen Jones, is also a career firefighter with the Division and the President of the Local 3666.