Jackson Heights firefighter killed while responding to call to be honored by National Fire Academy

Published on Tuesday, 24 September 2013 09:48 - Written by

 BY KENNETH DEAN, kdean@tylerpaper.com

A Jackson Heights firefighter killed while en route to a call is scheduled to be honored during a national service on Oct. 6 at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Md.

Jalen S. D. Smith, age 20, of the Jackson Heights Volunteer Fire Department died on December 3, 2012, from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident while responding to the station for a tractor accident on November 30, 2012.

Smith is one of five firefighters from Texas scheduled to be honored during the service. 

Jackson-Heights Fire Chief Terrence Thompson said in an earlier story that Smith was unanimously voted Fireman of the Year weeks before his death. 

Smith, whose grandfather was a founding member of the Jackson-Heights Fire Department, had been with the department for just over a year before his death.

He was scheduled to attend the Kilgore Fire Academy this year to become a certified firefighter. 

In 2012, 73 firefighters across the nation lost their lives in the line of duty.