Captain Donald Donnie Jones‚ of Jacksonville‚ died Tuesday‚ March 20‚ 2012‚ when he was struck by a vehicle while working at the scene of an earlier motor vehicle accident. Another firefighter and a police officer were also injured in this incident.
Donnie was born October 21‚ 1955‚ in Del Rio‚ Texas‚ to Lee Jones and Wanna Faye David Jones.
He started his 31-year career with the Jacksonville Fire Department on December 24‚ 1980‚ and rose to the rank of captain‚ serving in that capacity at Station 4 for 15 years. Dedicated and passionate about his work‚ he helped to train others and served as a mentor and brother to his fellow firefighters. He was a consummate professional and a dedicated public servant‚ proud of the vital role he played in protecting others and providing for the safety of citizens. A fellow firefighter remembered a time when Donnie helped him out of a fire‚ reminding him that saving himself was more important than saving the building. Captain Jones is the first Jacksonville firefighter killed in the line of duty.
Donnie was the beloved son of Melvin Leroy Jones and Wanna Faye David Jones; the loving husband of Betty Jones; the proud father of Tracy Jones‚ Beverly Smiley (Thomas)‚ Donna Henderson‚ Teresa Myers‚ and Vernon Myers; the devoted brother of John Jones‚ Michael Ray Jones‚ and Bruce Jones; the caring grandfather of nine grandchildren; and great-grandfather of one child. He is also survived by many friends and by his brotherhood of fellow firefighters.
Donnie was a caring family man who loved coaching softball‚ hunting‚ and fishing. He was focused and passionate about the things that interested him. Friends remembered him as one of a kind. He was deeply loved by his family‚ his many friends‚ and his fellow firefighters.