A local volunteer firefighter who died last summer as a result of a heart attack suffered while responding to a call was honored March 25 at the state capitol during the 2009 Memorial Service and Legislative Day.
Joe Pat Jordan’s name was added to the list of firefighters who died in the line of duty recorded on the Firemen’s Monument on the capitol grounds in Austin.
Jordan and another member of Pickton-Pine Forest Volunteer Fire Department were responding to a reported vehicle crash with an entrapment on July 2, 2008, when he suffered a heart attack shortly after leaving the station. He died July 4 as a result of the heart attack, and on July 7 was honored with a firefighter’s funeral, compete with honor guard and fire apparatus.
P-PFVFD members made a formal request to the State Preservation Board following Jordan’s death, asking that the name of the longtime volunteer who helped found P-PFVFD be added to the monument honoring volunteer firefighters who sustained line of duty deaths.
“Joe Pat Jordan was a founding member of Pickton Pine Forest Volunteer Fire Department, serving as the secretary-treasurer for his entire tenure with our department, and was an active member at the time of his death. ... From building the buildings, to constructing the fire engines, the Pickton-Pine Forest Volunteer Fire Department would not exist if it wasn’t for Jordan. He was a man who cared deeply about his community and his community cared deeply for him,” notes Beth Hankins, wife of lon-time P-PFVFD member Tracey Hankins, who in the past has served as chief of the volunteer fire department.
Jordan, 71, dedicated 32 years of service to P-PFVFD, a department he helped found in 1976. In addition to being a lifelong member, Jordan also served in various officer posts within the department over the years, including secretary-treasurer.
The Hankins accompanied Jordan’s family to Austin last week to attend a memorial service for fallen firefighters. The service included an honor guard and firefighters from across the state attending to honor firefighters who died in the line of duty. At that time, the list of names to be added to the Firefighter Monument was unveiled. Jordan’s name was included on this year’s list, Mrs. Hankins noted.
To add names of firefighters who died in the line of duty, requests must be made in writing to the State Preservation Board, which then notifies the State Firemen’s & Fire Marshals Association of Texas requesting an examination of the case. Based upon findings of the SFFMA, the request is either approved or denied. The cost of adding names is paid by the requesting fire department.
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