First responders, families to remember fallen firefighter | News
SHERWOOD, Ark. (KTHV) - Funeral arrangements are coming together and a memorial service is planned for Monday for a volunteer firefighter that was shot and killed responding to an emergency.
Hundreds of people are expected at the Capitol on Monday, January 25 to remember the life of Lt. Jason Adams. Flashlights will be raised in his honor. Included will be the loved ones who kiss those first responders goodbye each day. For them, Adams' death is a grim reminder that each call, no matter how big or small, comes with risk.
"Jason was a fireman. He ate, drink and slept fire department,” said Sherwood Fire Chief, David Teague.
Lt. Adams was responding to a medical emergency at residence off Dortch Loop on Friday, when he was shot and killed.
"If you needed something, he was willing to do it," said Chief Teague.
That included braving the snow to answer a medical call of someone having a seizure.
"I don't ever know how long he's going to be gone, what he's going to, if I need to stay up and wait for him. I never have any idea what the risks are, and it is scary,” said Julia Clift. She said every time she hears about a first responder being injured, her first thought is about her husband, Justin.
"You don't expect that type of situation to happen when they go out on calls, because they're there to help people," said Clift.
Justin Clift said the circumstances around Adams' death came as a shock.
"It's kind of mind-blowing, because you think of the obvious dangers of house fires, automobile accidents, stuff like that, then you hear about a guy getting shot while trying to help someone. That's just something you don't normally hear about happening."
Chief Teague said his department wants to focus on the life, rather than the death of Jason Adams.
"He wouldn't do anything else. If he was here today, he'd do it all again. You know, he wouldn't think twice," Chief Teague said.
Monday night's flashlight vigil will be held at 6:30 p.m. behind the Arkansas State Capitol Building, at the Arkansas Firefighters Memorial. The vigil is open to the public.