An off-duty Yonkers police detective was killed early Sunday when his SUV crashed into a Yonkers firetruck, authorities said.
Detective Frank Fernandez, 45, a 15-year veteran, was declared dead at the scene of the crash, which occurred shortly before 3 a.m. on Palmer Road near Sunnybrook Road, police said.
Authorities said Fernandez’s Suburban struck a Yonkers Fire Department Ladder truck. Four firefighters were treated and released for minor injuries at a nearby hospital. Fernandez was alone in his car.
Yonkers Police and the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office are investigating the cause of the accident.
“During his tenure with the department he served with honor and distinction and was always available to help and support his fellow officers,” Yonkers Police Commissioner Charles Gardner said in a statement issued late Sunday afternoon.
Fernandez volunteered his time with several charities, including St. Baldrick’s, The Police Unity Tour and the Lt. Roy McLaughlin Scholarship Fund, the statement said.
“Detective Fernandez was a well-respected member of our agency for over 15 years and a stellar detective for the past 8 years,” Gardner added. “Frank was a ‘go to guy’ and his passing is a major loss to our YPD family.”
Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano expressed his condolences to Fernandez’s family.
“The entire Yonkers community mourns the loss of Det. Frank Fernandez,” Spano said. “A fifteen year veteran of the Department, Frank was a dedicated officer, husband and father. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Fernandez family.”