Two NO firefighters killed in Mississippi accident

Two off-duty New Orleans’ firefighters died Sunday morning from injuries they received in a single-vehicle accident in Long Beach, Miss.

Tommy Ashby, 28, a nearly six-year veteran, and Scott Blanchard, 27, a nearly three-year veteran, died from their injuries, Chief Terry Hardy Sr. said.

“Our sympathy and condolences go out to their families, friends and coworkers,” Hardy said.

Interim Superintendent Timothy McConnell said both men were praised by their commanders and peers for their dedication and talent.

Both men volunteered their time restoring fire stations damaged by Hurricane Katrina.

Funeral arrangements are not yet complete.