Fundrasier to benefit family of Zephyr Cove firefighter; Jacob O’Malley died July 10 |

Fundrasier to benefit family of Zephyr Cove firefighter; Jacob O’Malley died July 10

Autumn Whitney
Jacob O’Malley, a 27-year-old BLM firefighter from Zephyr Cove, died earlier this month when his fire truck rolled over in a single-vehicle crash. On Thursday, July 21, local McDonald’s restaurants will hold a fundraiser for the O’Malley Family Fund.
Courtesy Photo |

On Thursday, July 21, local McDonald’s restaurants will participate in a fundraiser for Jacob O’Malley, a 27-year-old Bureau of Land Management firefighter from Zephyr Cove who died earlier this month.

Between 5-7 p.m., 36 McDonald’s locations in Northern Nevada and four McDonald’s locations in California will donate 20 percent of all sales to the O’Malley Family Fund to assist with financial needs and funeral costs. The two South Shore McDonald’s are located at 1035 Emerald Bay Road and 3715 Lake Tahoe Blvd.

On July 10, O’Malley was involved in a single-vehicle crash while returning to Winnemucca, Nevada, from fire spotting in Denio, Nevada, with two coworkers. According to Nevada Highway Patrol, the three men were traveling on State Highway 140 when their fire truck’s tire blew and the vehicle rolled over multiple times. The accident occurred at approximately 5:20 p.m.

Twenty-two-year-old BLM firefighter and Reno native Will Hawkins also perished in the crash. Hawkins was O’Malley’s roommate in Winnemucca for the summer wildfire season. The third man, 23-year-old Zachery McElroy, sustained injuries and was flown to Renown Medical Center in Reno. He was treated and released on Tuesday, July 12.

Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around the Lake Tahoe Basin and beyond make the Tahoe Tribune's work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Your donation will help us continue to cover COVID-19 and our other vital local news.

For tax deductible donations, click here.

Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User