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Father, sister remember fallen Lawrenceburg firefighter as a friend and family man

(Submitted to Fox 17 News)

Jason Dickey saved a lot of lives in his 11-year career as a firefighter.

While responding to a house fire on Monday night, Dickey lost his life after the home's roof collapsed. Four other firefighters were injured.

His father Tim Dickey now wears his son's hat. Moments after a large procession where people in Lawrenceburg lined the street welcoming the fallen hero home, Dickey's tearful, grieving father shared memories of his son.

"He was my best friend," Tim Dickey said as he began to cry. "He just died doing what he loved."

Jason Dickey had been a proud father to a 16-year-old daughter, 11-year-old son, 2-year-old daughter. His wife Jennifer is expecting their fourth child in March.

"He just gave selflessly," Jason's father Tim Dickey said. "He loved his family. He loved being a fireman. Yesterday was his day off. His oldest daughter turns 16 on March 3, and he was trying to buy her a car. The call came out, and he just went."

His sister Rebecca Morgan said she had just did a FaceTime call with her brother before the fire. Between tears, Morgan said his young family is in good hands.

"We love him, and we're going to take care of Jen and the kids because that's what he'd want us to do," Morgan said. "He loved taking care of people. He was the strong one."

Even with Jason gone, his father Tim said his son's own words bring him comfort.

"Whenever there was a problem, Jason would always say 'God's got a reason.' Ever since he was a teenager. God's got a reason. And I'm sure he's telling us that right now," Tim Dickey said.

Dickey's family will received friends at a visitation from 2-8 p.m. on Thursday at the Mars Hill Baptist Church. A funeral will be help at Mars Hill Baptist Church on Friday at 11 a.m. Following the funeral, he will be laid to rest at the Freemon Cemetery in Leoma, Tennessee.

A GoFundMe was set up in Dickey's name. His family suggested that memorial funds be given to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital , 501 St. Jude Pl., Memphis, TN 38105-9959.

Watch the full story on Fox 17 News at 9 p.m. Stream it live here: fox17.com/watch

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