South Placer firefighter killed in motorcycle accident
David Volk, a firefighter with the South Placer Fire District, was killed Friday morning in a solo motorcycle accident on Highway 65 in Lincoln.
Volk, 31, was a Lincoln resident, according to Sgt. Marty Fredricks of the California Highway Patrol (CHP). Volk, who was wearing a helmet and riding a 2015 Harley Davidson, was travelling northbound on Highway 65, according to Fredricks.
“For reasons that are under investigation, the motorcycle left the roadway, hit gravel and then struck the guardrail,” Fredricks said. “The rider was ejected on to the roadway and landed in a grass field.”
Darren McMillin, South Placer Fire District battalion chief and public information officer, confirmed Friday afternoon that Volk was one of his co-workers.
“It is with deep sadness and tremendous grief that we announce Firefighter Paramedic David Volk died from injuries sustained from a motorcycle accident early this morning,” McMillin said Friday. “David was a five-year veteran of our department and was assigned to Station 17. David was also a district arson investigator and served as a shift representative for the Firefighters Union Local No. 522.”
Volk served as an Infantry Rifleman for the U.S. Marines, 2ndBattalion, 7th Marine Division for three years, according to McMillin. Volk was deployed to Iraq where he was wounded in action and was awarded a Purple Heart Citation.
“David will be greatly missed by his fellow firefighters,” McMillin said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”
Volk’s body was found shortly before 6 a.m. Friday off of northbound Highway 65, near the Lincoln Boulevard exit, according to the CHP. The right lane of northbound Highway 65 was closed for 90 minutes Friday morning after the body was discovered.