Orange County CA Dec 16 2016 An Orange County fire captain jumped from an interstate overpass into the path of a big rig and was killed.
According to a report by The Orange County Register, the man was Capt. Eric Weuve, 41, an 11-year veteran with the department based out of Station 64 in Westminster.
The California Highway Patrol (CHP) was notified that a man was scaling a fence on the Crown Valley Parkway I-5 overpass on Tuesday morning and jumped minutes later, according to the newspaper report. He was killed by a big rig after jumping.
Crews from the Orange County Fire Authority arrived on the scene and notice a pickup truck with fire gear in it at the top of the overpass and found Weuve on the freeway, according to the newspaper.
Chaplains were sent to the scene as well as the department’s Critical Incident Stress Debriefing Team, the paper reported. The paper reported he was married with two kids, a boy, 14, and a girl, 5.
“Weuve was a well-respected member of the Orange County Fire Authority, a wonderful father and will be missed not only in the OCFA community, but the community at large,” OCFA Capt. Larry Kurtz told the paper. “The word tragedy just doesn’t do the situation justice.”