Roll of Honor

James Lee Robeson

James Lee Robeson

  • Captain
  • Scranton Fire Department
  • Pennsylvania
  • Age: 50
  • Year of Death: 2008

Born August 19‚ 1957‚ Jimmy was a happy and mischievous child. On March 10‚ 1968‚ there was an accident that would forever change his life. While playing in an abandoned coal breaker‚ a thousand-pound boulder rolled on top of him‚ tearing off half of his face and leaving him barely clinging to life. Doctors performed many surgeries over many years to repair and rebuild his eye‚ nose‚ and jaw. It was at this time that Jimmy decided he would dedicate his life to helping others.

On May 3‚ 1983‚ Jimmy joined the fire department. He worked his way through the ranks‚ eventually achieving the ranks of captain and acting chief. Jimmy was a well respected member of the department and a natural leader. When training the new recruits‚ he told them to treat every fire as though it was their own home. Known in the fire department as the go-to guy for his willingness to get involved no matter what the need‚ Jimmy spent years raising money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association and the Relay for Life. He also volunteered in the soup kitchen and dinners for the homeless. He was part of the committee established to purchase fire equipment‚ a shift steward‚ a member of the honor guard‚ and a frequent delegate to the state convention. One of his proudest achievements was successfully chairing the 2006 Pennsylvania State Convention held in Scranton.

Jimmy’s many hobbies included hunting‚ fishing‚ golfing‚ and bowling‚ to name a few.

His greatest love and proudest moments came‚ however‚ from his family. He was often awed and inspired by his son‚ Ryan. When Ryan was younger‚ Jimmy helped coach his baseball and soccer teams. Jimmy was overwhelmed with pride with Ryan’s achievements in academics‚ track‚ and soccer. Jimmy was a devoted and wonderful husband to his wife‚ Linda. They shared a passion for life‚ love‚ and laughter that made every day special.

On January 6‚ 2008‚ Captain Robeson responded to a structure fire that had already claimed the lives of two people. As he was ascending in the ladder bucket to ventilate the roof‚ power arced from the overhead lines‚ and he was electrocuted and died instantly. While losing Jimmy has been heartbreaking and difficult‚ his family finds solace in the fact that he died a hero‚ doing a job that he was born to do.

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