Jantzen Murrell Frazier
- Oden Ridge Fire and Rescue
- Age: 28
- Year of Death: 2013
Jantzen and I married in 2006, right before he deployed for the last time in the Army. He was wounded in combat on October 12, 2007. We began the long journey of recovery from October 2007 until May 2011, when he medically retired from the Army.
At this time we had four girls, Arianna (age 4), Coral (age 2), and twin girls, Aubrey and Shelby, who were only two months old.
In his spare time, Jantzen did gunsmithing jobs for people, and word got around that he was great at it. We were looking to buy a house with a shop to open a business together. In August of 2013, we found that house and used our VA loan to get it.
Jantzen immediately joined as a volunteer with Oden Ridge Fire and Rescue. He went on every call and helped anyone in need, giving a victim and her family all the money out of his wallet. Anyone who knew him knew this was a typical thing he would do for anyone.
We were big into BBQ competitions, and our team won a few state championships in the Alabama wildlife cook-offs. Our team name is the Rib-Ticklers.
October 5, 2013, we celebrated seven years together with our daughters, Ari (6), Coral (4), Aubrey and Shelby (3).
Then, on October 17, 2013, Jantzen responded to a fire behind our house. On the way back from the fire house with the truck, the water shifted and he crashed head on into a light pole, killing him instantly.
This has been hard on me, the girls, and especially his parents, James Murrell Frazier and Debbie Blackwood Frazier; he was their only child. We will never forget.