Body of missing firefighter returns to Nashville for autopsy

WKRN web staff - HUMPHREYS COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) - After 12 days of searching, the body of Nashville firefighter Jesse Reed has been found in the Tennessee River in Humphreys County.

The body was discovered by fishermen late Saturday morning and recovered by search & rescue crews.

Reed's body was transported to the medical examiner's office in Nashville for autopsy Saturday afternoon, escorted by Nashville firefighters and state and local law enforcement.

The Nashville Fire Department used Engine 2 for the escort. Reed worked on Engine 2 A-Shift.

Reed's body was located about a quarter of a mile from where his Jeep was found submerged in the Tennessee River near Waverly nearly two weeks ago.

Reed had not been seen since late on the night of March 5 or early on the morning of March 6.

Humphreys County Sheriff Chris Davis said the family is glad to have some closure after the lengthy search.

"Some prayers were answered," Sheriff Davis said. "We were able to give this family and this agency some closure to a bad situation."

Davis said at least 40 police and search & rescue agencies assisted with the effort over the 12 day period.

He's grateful the sweeping search ended successfully.

"It's been a grueling time period. We're ready to take a couple of days off and get our feet under us."

Statement from the Nashville Fire Department Saturday:

The Nashville Fire Department is heartbroken at the loss of Firefighter Jesse Reed in Humphreys County. The Humphreys County Sherriff's Office recovered his body after a lengthy search.

Firefighter Reed went missing in the Tennessee River after his car was submerged on March 6th.

Firefighter Reed, 32, was assigned to Engine 2 A-Shift. He was an Advanced EMT, Hazmat, Rope Rescue and Vehicle Extrication qualified. Firefighter Reed joined the NFD in October 2013.

Statement from Nashville Fire Department Director Chief William Swann:

"My heart is heavy and I grieve for the loss of our brother Firefighter Jesse Reed. I want to commend and thank the Humphreys County Sheriff's Office and all the volunteers from near and far who came to search for Jesse.  Every day Jesse came on shift he put his life on the line to serve the people of Nashville and to make sure that his fellow firefighters were safe. Our prayers go to Firefighter Reed's wife and his entire family. "

The NFD asks everyone to keep Firefighter Reed's family and fellow NFD family members in their thoughts and prayers.


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