Joseph “Joe” Patterson, with 14 dedicated years to the fire service, answered his last call on June 24, 2018, while on duty with Paint Creek Joint Fire/EMS.
Born on November 18, 1984, he was a loving husband, father, and son, devoted to his family. Joe is survived by his wife, Jennifer, and children, Ashleigh, Rebeccah, and Adam. Joe had a passion for teaching and mentoring his fellow brothers and sisters in the fire service. He had just received his certifications for Fire/EMS Instructor. His smile, outgoing personality, and fun-loving antics are missed by all who had the honor of knowing Joe. His memory will continue to live on in the many lives he touched.
Joe was nominated Firefighter of the Year in 2005, at age 20. In an interview with the local newspaper, he was asked why he would risk so much for a job. His reply was simply, “Why not? When you take a job like this, in the back of your mind, bad and good things are going to happen. I just think, if I don’t help, who will?”