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Jason would never define himself as a “hero”. He felt lucky that he was allowed to do his jobs. He was always willing to risk his own life to save a complete stranger. He would rush into a dangerous situation just to help others. He genuinely cared about the well-being and safety of other people. That’s what made him a hero in my eyes.
He recently retired from Davis County Sheriff’s Office as a Lieutenant after working 20 years. He started as a Deputy Paramedic and ended his career as their Emergency Management Coordinator and Fire Marshall.
For the past 15 years, he worked part-time as a flight/hoist paramedic for Life Flight. He also worked as a co-pilot (SIC) on Life Flight’s Citation jet. He loved his jobs because it made him feel like he was making a difference in people’s lives.
As an Emergency Manager, Jason ensured that the community was prepared and safe in the event of an emergency or natural disaster. He had to understand the political and economic implications of a disaster and communicate with multiple agencies.
As a flight paramedic for Life Flight, Jason was responsible for providing emergency medical care to countless people in their time of need.
As a pilot for Life Flight, Jason transported patients and donor organs for transplant recipients.
In his free time, Jason would volunteer to educate the community about policework or medical care. He would happily give tours of Life Flight or the Sheriff’s office to school groups or church groups (boy scouts). He was always willing to provide guidance, educate and help others. He was a mentor to many coworkers and friends.
After Jason’s death, he continued to save lives by donating his organs to those in need. The community is a better place because of Jason’s selfless service to others.