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LAWRENCEBURG, Tenn. (WKRN) – One firefighter was killed and four others injured while battling a house fire Monday evening in Lawrenceburg.
Multiple fire departments from across the region began fighting the fire around 4:30 p.m. at a home in the 500 block of Hood Lakes Road.
The home collapsed and a county-wide mayday protocol was established, meaning a firefighter is in danger or injured, just before 8 p.m.
Three firefighters were trapped inside the collapsed home and air was fed into the structure until they were rescued at 8:09 p.m.
The fallen firefighter was identified as 11-year veteran of the department, 38-year-old Jason Dickey.
The two trapped firefighters and two others were taken to Southern Regional Medical Center. Three have been released and a captain remains hospitalized in stable condition.
Lawrenceburg Fire Department Chaplain Chad Moore said Dickey loved his job and loved what he did.
“This department is hurting and we thank you for your thoughts and prayers,” said Moore.
“We lost a hero, we lost a man who saved countless lives in his 11 years with the department,” added Moore.
Dickey is survived by his wife Jennifer, who is expecting a child in a few weeks, two daughters and a son.
His body was escorted to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Nashville by multiple fire departments.
“I want to say thanks to every firefighter for escorting him to Nashville. The Nashville Fire Department is still with our man. We will bring him home when the time comes,” said Fire Chief Jay Moore.
Dickey is the second Lawrenceburg firefighter to be killed in the line of duty. Kenny Powell was killed on Jan. 29, 1978.
“He was like one of my own. These guys are my boys, like the boys I never had, and I’ve lost a son,” added Chief Moore.
Nashville Fire Department Director Chief William Swann released the following statement about the loss of firefighter Dickey:
“I called Lawrenceburg Fire Chief Jay Moore this morning to offer my condolences and support at this tragic time. It is a sad day for everyone in the firefighting community because of the loss of Firefighter Jason Dickey in Lawrenceburg. No matter where we serve, firefighters are a family bonded by the sacrifices we make to protect our community. When we lose one of our own we mourn along with their department. In the coming days, months and years we will remember Firefighter Jason Dickey as a true hero. We pray for peace, comfort and healing for everyone he touched.”
The cause of the fire remains unknown and is under investigation.
Visitation for Dickey will be held Thursday at Mars Hill Baptist Church from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Mars Hill Baptist Church. A Celebration of Life service will be held at the church on Friday at 11 a.m. His burial will immediately follow. The family asks memorials be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis.
A GoFundMe account has been set up for Dickey’s family.