Search underway for missing BSFR firefighter

(WSVN) - The search is on for a missing Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue firefighter.

According to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, James Vonminden was last seen at around 5:30 p.m. Friday, disoriented, after crashing his truck near the area of Randolph Siding Road and Alexander Run, in Jupiter Farms, and has not been seen or heard from since.

“I don’t know the family at all, I’m just helping get the word out,” one woman posting photos of Vondimen around the neighborhood said.”

Vonminden stands 5 feet, 11 inches tall, and weighs about 210 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes and was last seen wearing a black T-shirt, dark-colored shorts and sandals.

He is stationed at Fire Station 75 in Deerfield Beach.

Jason Smith, the Broward Paramedics Union president said, “His family, his son, they want their father, they want their husband home and safe. Our true hope is to find him. There’s a chance based on the damage of the vehicle that he’s injured.”

Broward Sheriff’s Fire Rescue has confirmed that Vonminden works as a firefighter for the department.

They said his wallet and phone are still inside the truck.

“Nobody knows, I wish he would be alive. He has a family, he has a wife. He’s a firefighter. People need him,” one woman said.

Another woman said, “It gets harder as time goes by. If he’s outside, that’s a worry.”

The Broward County Professional Firefighters and Paramedics Association issued a statement regarding Vonminden’s disappearance that reads: “The situation at hand is absolutely heartbreaking! With each passing day that Jim is not home safely with his wife and son, only confirms our mission. The Broward County Professional Firefighters and Paramedics will not rest until Jim is found! We appreciate all of the volunteers that have been reaching out to help us. If you have any information that can help us, please contact Palm Beach Sheriff Office (PBSO).”

Vonminden’s wife released a statement reading, “I want to thank all the volunteers and neighbors, police and fire that have been helping in the search. I appreciate all the people spreading the news to help. I am so grateful, and continue to pray that we find him.”

Smith said, “Jimmy is just a strong man. He has a gentle spirit just about him. His demeanor is very soft. He has a young son that I know he’s very proud of. I almost felt like today when I didn’t find him today when I was out there, that I failed the mission. I failed the objective, and it’s hard.”

If you have any information on Vonminden’s whereabouts, call the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office at 561-688-3000 or 911.

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