National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

Roll of Honor

Age: 35
Year of Death: 2019

Jared Wayne Echols

Jared Echols was a lifelong resident in the small town of Springville, Alabama. He was a graduate of Springville High School, playing football throughout his high school career. Following high school, he enrolled in college at Jefferson State Community College while working in the construction field. Jared continued working in construction after graduating from Jefferson State. In 2010, Jared married his wife, Melissa, and the couple welcomed their first daughter, Hailey, in 2013. Settling his new and growing family close to the home where he grew up, Jared began to explore a new career path rooted in his longstanding commitment to serving his community. Jared joined the Pleasant Hill Volunteer Fire Department, rising to the rank of assistant fire chief. He enrolled at Herzing University, earning a degree and paramedic certification in 2015.

In 2016, he began running his own construction company, specializing in custom doors. In 2017, Jared celebrated the birth of his second daughter, Mallory. He was also named 2017 Pleasant Hill Volunteer Fireman of the Year. Throughout the growth of his family and his business, Jared continued his fire service training, completing multiple training courses, including the Alabama Certified Volunteer Firefighter Course and Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations Course.

In January 2019, he was hired by the Springville Fire Department, where he was able to fulfill his desire to serve community he had grown up in. His next and last training was the Fire Fighter Recruit Course, where he collapsed during a training exercise.

Jared truly had a servant’s heart. He loved his family with all his heart, served the Lord fervently, and had a passion for helping others. He was a hard worker and always gave 110%. He was compassionate, loving, and the most dependable person. He left behind his grandparents, parents, brother, wife, two daughters, and five nieces/nephews. He will be forever missed by these loved ones and many more whose lives he touched.


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  1. Jared was truly a blessing in life from birth till he went home to heaven. I will miss him till I take my last breath.

    – Marie Echols
  2. Jared was such an awesome and Godly young man!! We are so thrilled to see him honored!! We have known Jared all of his life! He comes from a wonderful family who taught him to let God order his footsteps! Jared was the same anytime you saw him friendly, polite, helpful and joyful!! He loved his family, his friends but most of all loved God and was an example of walking in his purpose and his calling!! We know you have to be a very compassionate and caring and brave person to be a fire fighter or EMT. Jared filled all the requirements!! He was a great son, husband, father, brother, grandson and friend!! All of us who were honored to know him will forever be changed and a better person because of knowing Jared!! We everyday that God will continue to keep and heal his family !! Thank you again for honoring Jared and all those who lost their lives in the line of duty!! God Bless each of you!!

    – Becky and Charlie Layfield
  3. Jared was the kindness loving grandson anyone could ever ask for he will always be in our hearts and be missed and loved every day

    – Joann and Steve Moore
  4. Jared was my great nephew but I loved him like a son. He had the most beautiful heart and soul and was loved by all who knew him. I think of him every day and he will always be in my heart.

    – Sandra Casteel
  5. As a father-in-law….I couldn’t ask for a finer son in law…he did numerous deeds in helping me. Since the day he married my daughter he faithfully called me once a week checking on me, my own daughters don’t even do that. I never had to worry abought my daughter Melissa. He seemed like the best husband and father I could ask for for my daughter and grandkids. I was always so proud of him and his accomplishments. After getting to know his family i realized why…his parents and brother and grandparents all seemed to carry the same qualities and obviously installed in him. I can’t image all the sorrow his family is going through but know they are so proud and am sure they know what a positive impact he had on so many people. He is is missed by more folks then they will ever know including strangers to them. RIP Jared…you were deeply loved by so many.

    – Curt Davis
  6. I truly consider myself blessed to have been able to call Jared a friend. To know him and his family personally and to witness their love for their Savior, Jesus Christ, and their love for their community. His presence in our church and community is missed. Jared was truly a great man and father. The Posey family loves him very much.

    – Nikkie Posey
  7. I never remember seeing Jared when he wasn’t smiling. There are those who serve others because they think it’s the right thing to do, but Jared served with gladness! Whether he was working to take care of his family; helping his parents, grandparents and friends; serving in his church or in the community his servant heart was apparent.
    He loved The Lord! He loved his precious family! He was a wonderful man, gone too soon….but never forgotten.

    – Paula Gossett
  8. I have just seen this tribute today 8/4/2022. I have known Jared since he was born and his family is dear to me. He is a hero in our little town. He sure loved his family. Guys like him are few and far between, especially to be so young. His family is loved. The girls surely will know that their daddy is a hero.

    – nannette Hill