LAWRENCEBURG, Tenn. (WKRN) – The Lawrenceburg community came together Friday to remember a fallen firefighter regarded by many as a hero.
Eleven-year veteran of the Lawrenceburg Fire Department, Engineer Jason Dickey, 38, was killed and four others injured while battling a house fire Monday evening.
The close-knit community of Lawrenceburg was hit hard by the news of Dickey’s death and fire departments across the region have stepped in to help in their time of need.
“We lost a hero, we lost a man who saved countless lives in his 11 years with the department,” said Lawrenceburg Fire Department Chaplain Chad Moore.
“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 Fire Chief Moore.
Mars Hill Baptist Church was packed as family members, firemen, friends and the community came to say their final goodbyes.
“It’s never easy to say goodbye to a brother, a firefighter, a friend. He didn’t talk about saving lives, he saved lives,” Lawrenceburg Fire Department Chaplain Chad Moore said.
He continued, “Monday night did not make Jason Dickey a hero. Monday night gave us a platform to celebrate he was a hero before Monday night ever occurred. So this day, we celebrate his life because there is much to celebrate.”
Pastor Chad Clanton of Gum Springs Baptist Church spoke about Dickey’s “heart of gold” and the love he had for serving his community as a firefighter.
“Jason Dickey came to work with a desire to fight fire. He loved it. Jason was strong; he had the ability to go in the get the job done. He knew the risk, but was willing to take that risk to save someone’s life,” Clanton said.
Crews from the Nashville Fire Department will be filling in this weekend while the department continues to mourn the loss of Dickey.
Dickey is the second Lawrenceburg firefighter to be killed in the line of duty. Kenny Powell was killed on Jan. 29, 1978.
“Everyone is special in the fire department, but what makes the difference is he died in the line-of-duty. That’s why the honor is here,” Pastor Clanton said.
Dickey is survived by his wife, who is pregnant, and three young children.
“He was man who loved his kids and would fight for his kids. He was a man that family meant everything to him,” Moore said. “Family, we will walk by your side. We love you.”
The family asks memorials be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis.