It takes a special kind of person to sacrifice their life to save others, and that person was Jared.
Jared was an only child who was a selfless human being, a devoted dad, a trusted friend, and a dedicated firefighter who lost his life in the line of duty on March 23, 2021.
Jared was born and raised in Queens, New York, where he attended NYC public schools. A move to Spring Valley, New York, in 2000 was where his passion to help others accelerated. After graduating from Spring Valley High School and some college at SUNY Morrisville, he was employed at Altice (Optimum) Cable as a technician. He received numerous “Technician of the Month” awards for his excellence in customer service. However, this path of service as the ‘cable guy” was not enough for Jared. His lifelong calling was to serve his community as a volunteer firefighter.
Jared joined the Columbian Fire Engine Co. # 1 in Spring Valley in April 2005. During his 16 years at this firehouse, he proudly held the positions of 2nd lieutenant, 1st lieutenant, and treasurer. He rarely missed a drill or a fire service training. He was always one of the first to arrive on the scene of an alarm call, but tragically, March 23rd was his last alarm.
Jared was the president of the softball league and regularly played on the bowling and football leagues against other firehouses. He was a diehard fan of the New York Mets and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Jared enjoyed traveling and spending most of his time with his sons, Logan and Darius.
Although Jared was taken away from us too soon, his 35-year journey through life has left footprints wherever he went. Those footprints of kindness, love, compassion, humor, faith, inspiration, leadership, and courage will always be a guide for his family and friends to follow.
The impact of this tragic loss has left holes in so many of our hearts. However, Jared’s gentle spirit, his infectious smile, and his exemplary work as a public servant will forever live through his mom, dad, stepdad, sons, the moms of his sons, grandmother, aunts, uncles, cousins, godmother, friends, his Columbian brothers, all the firehouses he supported, and the Rockland County communities he served.
In honor of the dedicated service that Jared provided as a firefighter, his name has been added to the building entrance of the Columbian Fire Engine Co. # 1 firehouse in Spring Valley, New York.
Jared is our hero, and his legacy will never be forgotten. Rest in peace, our angel!