SPRINGVILLE, Ala. (WIAT) — UPDATE (6/18/19): The Springville Fire Department Police Chief Richard Harvey along with the department announced the untimely Line of Duty death of Fire of firefighter and paramedic Jared Wayne Echols.
According to Springville Fire Chief Harvey, this “medical incident” occurred at the Anniston Regional Training Center which is an extension of the Alabama Fire College. The incident occurred at 9:13 a.m. Monday morning when a Springville firefighter experienced a medical incident.
Medical care was rendered immediately and the patient was transported to Anniston Regional Medical Center by Anniston EMS where the patient would later succumb to his illness.
Chief Harvey also states that the state fire marshal’s office has been tasked to leading the investigation of this incident.
A critical incident stress debriefing team has been asked to provide assistance to those who witnessed and responded to the incident for the men and women of the Anniston and Springville Fire Departments were “significantly impacted by the event.”
According to the Springville Fire Department, 35-year-old, Jared was a lifelong resident in Springville, a graduate of Springville High School, Jefferson State Community College and Herzing College, where he completed Paramedic training in December 2016.
Jared’s fire service career started as a volunteer firefighter at the Pleasant Hill Volunteer Fire Dept. in July 2015. Jared was hired and began his service to the City of Springville on Janurary 21,2019, and at the time of his death, he was a student in the Firefighter Bridge Course at the Anniston Regional Training Center of the Alabama Fire College.
Springille Fire Department says Jared will be remembered for his infectious smile, his unending generosity, and his passion and desire to serve his fellow man. His service to our City and this community has touched countless lives.
Jared leaves a wife, and two children behind, a 5-year-old and an 18-month-old.
An autopsy is being done at UAB to determine his cause of death.
On behalf of the Echols Family, the City of Springville and the Springville Fire Department announce the following arrangements for the Celebration of Life for Firefighter Paramedic Jared W. Echols.
A funeral for family and friends will be conducted on Friday afternoon. There will be no public visitation. The family respectfully requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Jared’s memory to The Church at Bradford Road, P.O. Box 229, Springville, Alabama 35146; or to the Springville Fire Department P.O. Box 919, Springville, Alabama 35146.
Immediately following the family’s services, a processional of fire and emergency apparatus will depart the Springville High School, located at 8411 US Hwy 11, Springville, Alabama 35146. The processional will travel through downtown Springville and continue to Springville Fire Station #1.
A Fire Department Memorial will follow at Station #1 to be culminated with a wreath laying in Jared’s honor.
Attending fire and emergency services personnel will be welcomed at Fire Station #1 to sign tribute books and leave messages of condolence from his family. Patches, challenge coins and other honoraria are welcomed.
Departments and agencies wishing to provide apparatus for the processional will assemble at Springville High School at 1:30pm. Any questions concerning the processional should be directed to the local point of contact, SFD Lt. Graham Darnell (205) 329-8958
Springville Fire Department hosts a press conference at Springville City Hall Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. to obtain more information on the cause of this tragic incident.