Stretch of Nevada highway honors fallen BLM firefighters

November 3, 2017

WINNEMUCCA, Nev. (AP) — A stretch of state highway in northern Nevada is being named after two former firefighters for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management who died in the line of duty.

Gov. Brian Sandoval joined state transportation officials and others Thursday at the dedication honoring Will Hawkins and Jacob O’Malley along State Route 140 north of Winnemucca near the Oregon line.

The two men died in a single-vehicle rollover crash on the highway when a tire blew out in July 2016 while on a routine patrol searching for lightning-sparked fires.

O’Malley was from Zephyr Cove and Hawkins was from Reno. Friends and family members gathered at Thursday’s ceremony to unveil signs in each direction designating a 12-mile stretch of State Route 140 in their honor.

The stretch extends northwest from U.S. Highway 93 to the Oregon line.

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