David Lloyd Jahnes was born May 26, 1959, in Teaneck, New Jersey. He responded to his last call too soon on December 18, 2017. He was a loving son, brother, husband, father, and grandfather. For most of his adult life, he lived in Nyack, New York, where, in 2001, he became a volunteer firefighter. His interest in being a firefighter started at a young age. His father was a volunteer firefighter, and whenever he would hear a fire horn blow in town he would immediately run to listen to the fire scanner. If fire trucks drove past the house, he would run out to watch them.
David was a dedicated fireman. He was there to respond, day or night, when the fire alarm would sound. He took a very active part in the Nyack Fire Department, becoming a member of Nyack Fire Patrol in 2001. He served in the line officers ranks and served as captain from 2008 to 2011. Thereafter, he served as the engineer for the fire apparatus and the marine unit. In 2015, he was instrumental in moving forward to secure a new fireboat. He began by designing the new 34-foot Metalcraft fire/rescue boat from bow to stern. He spent countless hours thinking of anything and everything it would need. In June 2018, a boat dedication ceremony was held to name the fire vessel in his honor: the FF David L. Jahnes.
David had a passion for the sea. He loved anything involving it. He owned several boats over the years, and his dream was to retire and live on his sailboat. The Hudson River in New York was his backyard. He knew it like the back of his hand. Some of his best times were spent on the water with family and friends.
David was the true meaning of a friend. He was always willing to lend a hand and never expected anything in return. His kindness and generosity were endless. David had a passion for life, a wonderful sense of humor, and he loved to make others laugh. Beyond all, he was a wonderful father and grandfather. David managed to sustain a very close relationship with his family despite living thousands of miles apart.
He is in our hearts, always, and is truly missed by all.
When I hear about a hero, and all the great things they have done, it reminds me of my father. He is the greatest one!