An off-duty firefighter with the Sandy Springs Fire Rescue Department has died in a motorcycle crash that occurred overnight in Cumming.
Firefighter Jacob Hammond, 21, of Cumming, died in a crash while riding his motorcycle, according to a news release from the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office.
“(Sept.) 21 at 1:14 a.m., the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office and Fire Department responded to a single-vehicle (motorcycle) crash on Bannister Road near Namon Wallace Road,” the news release stated. “According to Deputy First Class Andy Ives, traffic specialist investigator for the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, a black 2016 Harley Davidson XL1200V (Sportster) was traveling on Bannister Road, and while negotiating a curve in the roadway, the motorcycle left the roadway and the driver was ejected.”
Hammond was pronounced dead at the scene, and the cause of the crash remains under investigation by the office’s traffic specialist unit.
Forsyth Sheriff Ron Freeman said his office contacted Sandy Springs Fire Chief Keith Sanders about the wreck and Hammond’s death.
“The men and women of the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office extend their condolences and prayers to the Sandy Springs Fire Department and the Hammond family,” Freeman said in the news release.
Hammond joined the department 2½ years ago, city spokesman Dan Coffer said.
“It is a tragic time for our fire department,” Sanders said in a statement. “Our firefighter family is heartbroken. We ask that you keep the family of Firefighter Jacob Hammond in your thoughts and prayers. There are no adequate words to express the loss we feel. Jacob was a wonderful kid. He loved his job and always came to the station with a smile on his face, ready to work. He was a part of our family, and will be sorely missed.”
Hammond’s funeral will take place Sept. 25, but arrangements are still being made, Coffer said.