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Glendale Fire Department expected to be back in service Tuesday night

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A photo of the fire truck loaned from Elizabethtown Fire. A photo of the fire truck loaned from Elizabethtown Fire.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Glendale Fire Department will go back into service Tuesday night, three weeks after an interstate crash killed one of its own and totaled one of its fire engines.

Elizabethtown Fire Department has loaned Glendale one of its extra pumping trucks for the time being.

On August 6, 25-year-old Lt. Jonathan French was killed in the line of duty.

He was responding to a car fire on I-65 when a semi hit his parked fire truck.

"I've been doing this 20 years and this is the worst thing I've experienced," Glendale Fire Chief Richard Peters told WDRB.

Peters was also French's uncle.

Since the accident, the Glendale Fire Department has been out of service because a truck and a lot of equipment was destroyed.

"It's time to move on. It's time to try and get out there," said Peters.

Elizabethtown Fire Department decided to loan Glendale a truck until the department can replace what they lost.

"We were sitting around thinking what can we do to help and wanted to help them as much as we can," said Elizabethtown Fire Chief Michael Hulsey.

Hulsey told WDRB Glendale firefighters can use the truck for as long as they need it.

It was an extra truck his department used for training.

"The point of the matter is we're a brotherhood and any department would have done the same thing," he said.

Several surrounding fire departments have been covering Glendale's ground and donating equipment.

While WDRB cameras were there Tuesday, Central Hardin Fire Department stopped by to loan Glendale air tanks.

Chief Peters said the support of neighboring departments has been overwhelming.

"We don't have all the equipment back yet but we've got enough that with this truck, we can get back out there and start handling most of our emergency runs," said Chief Peters.

Peters said even with all the right tools, it will still take a while for Glendale Fire Department to get back to 100% without one of its most dedicated firefighters.

"That's going to be the hard part is knowing I can't look back and see Jonathan standing there doing what Jonathan did best."

Lisa French, Jonathan's mom, was injured in the accident. She's still at home recovering after surgery.


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