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National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

Roll of Honor

Assistant Chief
Age: 41
Year of Death: 2014

James Curtis Middlebrook

Jamie Middlebrook was born on August 2, 1973, to Robert and Carolyn Middlebrook. He was employed through the town of New Carlisle as assistant chief of the ambulance department. Following in his father’s footsteps, he had been a volunteer firefighter for over 20 years.

On November 11, 1995, Jamie married his high school sweetheart, Julie Spriggs. Jamie and Julie shared a love that few experience in a lifetime. If anyone saw them together, love was visible through hand holding and smiling faces.

In 2003, Jamie was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. He battled this illness and endured chemotherapy with strength, tenacity and, of course, humor. His doctors and nurses adored and admired him for his strength of body, mind, and spirit. He was in remission for 11 years.

After his amazing triumph over cancer, he devoted countless hours volunteering for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. He not only participated as a triathlete, he also mentored, coached and, with his wife, raised over $30,000 for this organization.

Jamie was the strongest person most people had ever met. Among the dozens of triathlons he completed, he was also an Ironman.

Jamie grew up around the fire department and started his training while he was still in high school. Throughout his career, he never stopped training. His weekends were often spent attending firefighting and EMS classes or educating new members. He loved helping others and serving his community along with his father and fellow firefighters. Jamie was assistant chief and went on thousands of calls. He was often the first to arrive on scene and among the last to leave. He devoted his life to the health, safety and wellbeing of his community.

Jamie died in the line of duty at a commercial fire on August 5, 2014. His legacy is a life spent well in service to others.

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