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Funeral information, memorial fund for Lawrenceburg firefighter killed in the line of duty

(Submitted to Fox 17 News)

Funeral arrangements were set for a Lawrenceburg firefighter killed in the line of duty on Monday night.

Engineer Jason Dickey, 38, died after being trapped in the collapse at 500 block of Hood Lakes Road. Four other firefighters were injured in the collapse. Two of them have since been treated and released from the hospital.

Firefighter Kendall Sherrell remains in the Intensive Care Unit, and Captain Wade Marsten is being treated at Southern Tennessee Regional Medical Center. Marsten is expected to be released sometime Tuesday.

Jason Dickey is survived by his wife Jennifer, who is expecting a child in the coming weeks, two daughters ages 16 and 2, and an 11-year-old son.

Dickey's family will received friends from 2-8 p.m. on Thursday at the Mars Hill Baptist Church. A funeral will be held 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 bu the Lawrenceburg Firefighters Association. His family suggested that memorial funds be given to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital , 501 St. Jude Pl., Memphis, TN 38105-9959.

A community in mourning

At about 7:57 p.m., Moore said a distress call for a collapsed roof went out, trapping four Lawrenceburg firefighters and two New Prospect firefighters underneath.

Rescue teams were deployed for the entrapped firefighters and were able to provide emergency breathing air while the team worked to rescue them. Firefighters were extricated by the use of hydraulic tools and other special equipment, Moore said.

By about 8:09 p.m., all firefighters had been rescued and immediately emergency medical care and resuscitation efforts were underway. Devastatingly, Dickey succumbed to his injuries.

Councilman and Chaplain Chad Moore choked up while announcing the death of Dickey to dozens who gathered at the news conference. Moore said the house fire first broke out about 4:30 p.m. and right away neighboring departments were called in to help.

“Jason is a young man that I grew up with, I lived next door to growing up, we were a year apart in high school,” Moore said. “He’s a faithful member of this fire department, he loved his job and he loved what he did. Today this department’s hurting, today these men are hurting and today they need your support and we thank you for your prayers.”

The tight-knit community of Lawrenceburg and the whole state is mourning the loss.

"Literally all across this state people have responded to our community in our time of need," Moore said. "Today we could not be more grateful and thankful for their love and for their support."

Fire Chief Jay Moore also held back tears when speaking of Dickey, someone he has known his whole life.

"We lost a hero,” Jay Moore said. “We lost a man. He saved several lives in his 11 year-career. He was a very strong individual, a very long individual and a very caring person. We was like one of my own, I’ve lost one of my boys. We ask for your prayers and the public’s prayers.”

Law enforcement agencies across middle Tennessee gathered to pay their respects as Dickey's body was escorted home to Lawrenceburg.


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