Our firefighters put their own lives on the line for us every day, and are willing to make sacrifices for us. Every day they leave their homes with a possibility that they may never return home again.
That possibility turned into reality for a wife and mother, when her firefighter husband, Jason Dickey, died in a fire.
The firefighter who died Monday night in Lawrenceburg was 38-year-old Jason Dickey. He was an 11-year veteran. His wife is expecting a baby in the next few weeks, Lawrenceburg’s Fire Chief said this morning.
The roof of the burning building fell on Dickey and four others, and even though he was pulled from the wreckage, became too late for him. The others were taken to the hospital, but he did not survive, which broke the hearts of the firefighters and Fire Chief Jay Moore.
“He was like one of my own,” Moore said, “These kids that I call kids, cause I’m the oldest one here, are my boys, the boys that I never had. And I’ve lost one of my boys.”
“I want to ask for everyone’s prayers,” he added. “We’re going to get through this by God’s grace and mercy.”
Dickey’s wife and his three kids were left mourning their irreparable loss trying to figure out what they were going to do with their lives— his wife was pregnant when he died.
Even as he’s gone, his family is trying to keep his memory alive, his birthday is Nov. 7, and so they are making sure to remember him on his 39th birthday.
Dickey’s 3-year-old daughter, Korbyn, sang a special rendition of “Happy Birthday” hugging a pillow with a photo of her dad on it.
The family visited his grave site, leaving flowers behind to honour him and also plan on having a cake, too.
“There are no words,” The Tennessee Highway Patrol Lawrenceburg Twitter account shared the video and wrote, “Embrace your loved ones and never forget the heroes who gave it all protecting us.”
That is so true, that’s why we must hug our loved ones daily before they leave for work or school, because we don’t know what the day has in store.