Wash. firefighter, 77, killed in bicycle crash
Joe Vlach was training for a Seattle to Portland bike ride when he failed to yield at a stop sign before being hit
By FireRescue1 Staff
POULSBO, Wash. — A volunteer firefighter died Sunday after being hit by a car during a bicycle ride.
Komo News reported that Joe Vlach, 77, was training for a Seattle to Portland bike ride when he apparently failed to yield at a stop sign and was hit by a vehicle, according to police.
Vlach volunteered for the Poulsbo Fire Department for 33 years. He also served in the Gulf War and was a member of the U.S. Coast Guard.
“Gonna be a huge hole to fill, and I don’t know how we’re going to do it,” Battalion Chief Kurt Krech said.
The incident is still under investigation.