Vancouver fire captain killed in Friday car crash

Capt. Gregg Roberts killed from injuries sustained in Friday crash



Vancouver Fire Capt. Gregg Roberts, 52, has died from injuries he sustained in a car crash on Friday afternoon.

His 1997 Jeep Wrangler rolled several times after heading northbound in the 10100 block of Northeast Ward Road.

“He was the driver, and he was ejected,” Fire Chief Joe Molina said.

He died at about 10:30 p.m. Friday night from his injuries, Molina said.

The passenger, Roberts’ 14-year-old son, was also sent to the hospital with less-serious injuries, Clark County sheriff’s Sgt. Randon Walker said.

“To the best of my knowledge he had no serious injuries,” Walker said of Roberts’ son. “He was contacted standing at the scene for details related to the accident.”

Witnesses to the crash said speed and alcohol were not factors in the rollover, Walker said.

“It seems to be the result of an overcorrection,” Walker said, adding that Roberts also appeared to be wearing his seatbelt. “The lap and shoulder belt were attached.”

Officials are uncertain how Roberts was ejected from the vehicle.

Roberts leaves behind a wife, Gail Petersen Roberts, and three children. The department and the family plan to meet Monday to discuss funeral arrangements, Molina said.

“He was a really good officer, really good family man, just a good person in general,” Molina said.

Roberts was hired by the department in 2004 and promoted to Captain in 2010. He was an active member of Vancouver Fire’s Honor Guard and was also a Peer Fitness trainer. He graduated from Walla Walla University in 1986.

“Captain Roberts will always be remembered for his perpetual smile, enthusiastic professionalism and inspirational leadership,” a release from the department said.