Lexington Fire Chief Keith Jackson on Friday released a letter expressing condolences to the family of Lauren Roady.
The Knoxville, Tennessee native was hit and killed by a Lexington fire truck as she crossed with the "walk" signal in the crosswalk of South Broadway at West Main Street just after 10:00 p.m. on December 8th, according to Lexington Police.
The letter from Chief Jackson said:
On behalf of the Lexington Fire Department we want to express our sincere condolences to the family of Mrs. Lauren Roady. As firefighters we pledge to protect and serve the community as a core value of our mission. We know this has created a loss and we share the pain as a family. We are deeply concerned for her husband, parents, in-laws and extended family as this tragic incident has shaken us all. On behalf of Firefighter Chris Presley we also want Mrs. Roady's family to know of his concern and sympathy in your loss. We know and understand that this incident will forever change the lives of all involved. We want to reach out in word and support to all the families involved in this tragedy including our own Fire Department family in an effort to provide comfort and confidence in those we serve.
The letter referenced the driver of the fire truck, Firefighter Chris Presley, who is on paid administrative leave.
A preliminary report from Lexington Police concluded the accident was Presley's fault.
Lexington Police said Presley is not expected to face any criminal charges.