SAFD Lt. killed in crash laid to rest

Richard Olmo killed Tuesday

SAN ANTONIO - San Antonio Fire Department Lt. Richard Olmo was killed Tuesday morning when he crashed his car on the way home from work.


On Friday, he was laid to rest.

He leaves behind a wife and two children.

Olmo began his career with the San Antonio Fire Department 24 years ago, working his way up from paramedic to lieutenant.

"He has the respect of everybody," said Nathan Alonzo, with the San Antonio Professional Firefighters Association. "He was a really upstanding man."

Olmo had been to hundreds of car wrecks, rescuing countless people from their mangled vehicles.

But early Tuesday morning, he found himself on the other side after he flipped his truck on the way home from a shift.

Olmo died from his injuries.

"It's a tragedy," said San Antonio Fire Department Chief Charles Hood. "I'm sad for the family (and) sad for the department."

"(He) was a very caring individual," said friend and retired firefighter John Lujan. "He loved life, loved his family and you could tell the energy that he had. He loved his job (and) loved helping people."

Because Olmo wasn't technically on duty, his family will not receive the same financial help they would otherwise.

Because of this, the fire department will be putting together a fundraiser, but those plans have not been finalized.


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