(WBRZ News 2) A funeral is being held today for a firefighter that died while working a crash Wednesday morning.
State Fire Marshal Butch Browning said firefighter Russell Achord died in the line of duty after being hit by a vehicle. Achord was working a wreck on US 61 north of St. Francisville around 10:45 Wednesday.
The 48-year-old man was a fireman for the West Feliciana Parish Fire Department.
Off camera, Achord’s fellow firefighters described him as being a mentor and even father figure to many of the young firefighters, saying he made many excited to go into work. One of his co-workers is already sporting a tattoo in his honor.
"Your heart goes out to the family,” said St. Francisville resident Fred Wilcox. “He has two children and his wife."