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