James A. Dickman
- Toledo Fire & Rescue Department
- Age: 31
- Year of Death: 2014
Jamie Dickman loved God and his family above all else. He had a wife and two beautiful children. His wife, also named Jamie, was his best friend and biggest fan. Many referred to them as “Jamie squared.” His daughter, Paige, shares his love for music and has his fun-loving personality; his son, Grant, has his charm and sense of adventure. Paige was a daddy’s girl, and Jamie would be proud that his son is a mamma’s boy, just like his daddy!
Being a firefighter embodied all that Jamie was. He loved the adrenaline rush, the challenge, the constant learning and growing, and the brotherhood. Jamie approached his career the way he approached life, with full force and high energy. Jamie was constantly researching and taking classes, keeping up to date on the latest technology and techniques. He wrote grants and ran 5K races in full turnout gear to raise money to buy the best equipment for safety and efficiency. Jamie cared deeply about keeping up morale and went out of his way to encourage, teach and joke around. He loved to laugh. Quite the prankster, he could take a joke as well as he dished it out.
Jamie also had a passion for music. He got his first electric guitar at age 14. After three lessons, Jamie became self-taught and dreamed of being a rock star. He learned to play the acoustic guitar, bass guitar, and even a little drums and keyboard. He wrote several songs and played in a couple of bands. Jamie played on the praise and worship team at church. He loved to talk about music and about God. Pairing the two together provided opportunities to share his love for God.
Jamie had a heart of gold. He loved people and went out of his way to help others. His fun-loving personality made people want to be around him. You couldn’t know Jamie without having a “Jamie” story. He did some crazy things just to make people laugh.
Jamie went on a mission trip to Haiti in 2010. His group worked on numerous construction projects, and he led worship for the daily services. He taught a young boy to play guitar and then gave him his guitar to keep. He gave away his clothes and all of his other items including his suitcase! He came home with only the clothes on his back. That trip changed his life and way of thinking in a powerful way.
Not a day goes by that he is not missed. He was a devoted husband, father, son, brother, and friend who made this world a better place. Jamie took a big part of our heart with him. He was more than a Rock Star; he was and is our HERO.