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Nashville firefighter Jesse Reed died from drowning, blunt force trauma

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) - An autopsy report shows that Jesse Reed, the Nashville firefighter who died earlier this year, died from drowning and blunt force trauma.  

Jesse Reed's Jeep ran off the road on the morning of March 6. Reed's wife was inside the vehicle at the time of the crash. She was able to escape.   

After a nearly two-week search, a dive team found the Jeep and his remains submerged in the Tennessee River on March 17.  

His cause of death was drowning, with blunt force injuries as contributing factors. His manner of death could not be determined by the medical examiner.  

An autopsy report revealed his Blood Alcohol Level was 0.305 at the time. 

“The day we found him, it was St. Patrick’s Day. He would’ve liked that. Maybe St. Patrick was looking over him and it was a relief. I just remember the exact moment when they called ‘Anchor down!’ and I dropped to my knees and I was just like, ‘Thank you. Thank you,’” Reed's brother, Jason said.  

Two homes were previously searched by authorities. It is unknown what they were searching for or what was found.   

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said it is conducting a death investigation. That investigation is ongoing.  

Reed was buried at the Middle Tennessee Veterans Cemetery.  


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