Fallon tribal officer and Army veteran, dies in crash
A law enforcement officer for the Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe died early Wednesday morning in a fatal automobile accident while responding to a medical emergency from the tribal colony to the reservation at Stillwater, according to a press release from the tribe.
Officer Adam Menuez was killed at approximately 4:30 a.m., according to the release.
Emergency workers had to extricate Menuez from the wreckage. He was taken to Churchill Banner Hospital in Fallon, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.
Menuez had worked as an officer with the Fallon tribe since February after serving eight years in the U.S. Army with tours of duty in Afghanistan and working at the Pentagon following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
The accident is under investigation, and funeral services will be announced at a later date.
“Officer Menuez served not only our Tribe honorably but also our country, and this loss will be felt throughout our community for a long time to come,” Tribal Vice Chairwoman Rochanne Downs said in a press release.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with Officer Menuez, his family, his friends and all of those that he served and protected.”