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    Tenn. Firefighter Dies After Sustaining Head Injuries at Training Exercise

    Tenn. Firefighter Dies After Sustaining Head Injuries at Training Exercise

    Official Press Release

    Department of Commerce & Insurance Division of Fire Prevention

    A firefighter from the Loretto Fire Department died on Saturday, May 24, 2003 from head injuries sustained after participating in a weekend training exercise at the Tennessee Fire Service and Codes Enforcement Academy.

    Firefighter Jason Ellis, age 29 was riding in the back of a pick-up truck owned and operated by another firefighter when he slid off of the tailgate and was critically injured.

    Firefighter Ellis was participating as a student and had just completed a weekend of training activities associated with the TFACA's Live Firefighting Course. All training activities were completed and Firefighter Ellis along with two other firefighters were traveling from the training grounds to the front of the campus when the accident occurred.

    Bedford County EMS, which has an ambulance stationed at the Academy, along with fire service personnel treated Firefighter Ellis on the scene. Jason was then flown by Life-flight to Vanderbilt Hospital and had remained in critical condition.

    Jason Ellis was a paid/on-call firefighter for the Loretto Fire Department, which is located in Lawrence County in south central Tennessee. Firefighter Ellis had been with the Loretto Fire Department for five years and was the Department's Training Officer. He also worked full time with the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office as a Sergeant and Training Officer and oversaw their D.A.R.E. program.

    "It is a very tragic accident and the thoughts and prayers of the Academy's staff go out to the family of Firefighter Ellis and to the Loretto Fire Department,

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    Fallen Tennessee Firefighter Remembered

    Fallen Tennessee Firefighter Remembered

    WILL MORRIS and DREW EDWARDS
    Courtesy of The Daily Herald


    First Report: Tenn. Firefighter Dies After Sustaining Head Injuries at Training Exercise

    LORETTO, Tenn -- Hundreds of firefighters and law enforcement personnel gathered Tuesday to honor Jason Lee Ellis, a firefighter and Lawrence County deputy who died recently because of injuries he suffered in an accident after a training exercise.

    The accident happened May 18 on the campus of the Tennessee Fire Service and Codes Enforcement Academy in Bell Buckle. After a live-fire training exercise, Ellis, 29, hitched a ride to another part of the academy in a pickup truck owned by a fellow Loretto firefighter.

    According to an accident report, Ellis slipped off the flatbed of the truck and struck his head on the road. He was treated at the scene, then flown to Vanderbilt University Medical Center by helicopter. Ellis suffered serious head injuries and died Saturday in Vanderbilt.

    "It was just a tragic accident," said Paula Wade, spokeswoman for the State Fire Marshal's Office.

    Firefighters, police and emergency medical technicians from departments across Middle Tennessee came to the funeral, held at Loretto High School.

    Ellis was a sergeant with the sheriff's department who worked his way up through the ranks, said Sheriff William Dorning. He served as a drug awareness officer in local schools for five years before he moved on to become a training officer. In his spare time, he volunteered at the fire department.

    "He was the most conscientious, non-judgmental person you could ever be around," Dorning said. ...You never heard him talk about people. If the whole world was like Jason, you wouldn't need a sheriff's department".

    During the funeral, Chad Moore, Ellis' pastor, asked the youth in attendance to stand if they had been influenced by the firefighter. As several teenagers stood, Moore addressed the crowd and Ellis' pregnant wife.

    "To these young people, Jason Ellis was a hero."

    Dorning said he was saddened by the Ellis' loss, but that the way he died was fitting with the way he lived.

    "It was Jason," he said. "It did him more good to help people than anyone you've seen.

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