Jason Wade Dickey was born on November 7, 1979, to proud parents, Timothy and Debbie Dickey. He had one sister, Rebecca Dickey Morgan, several nieces, and a nephew.
Jason graduated from Lawrence County High School in 1998, where shortly thereafter he decided he wanted to pursue his dream of becoming a firefighter. Jason’s firefighting career began as so many other firefighters have. He left a higher paying job to become a full-time firefighter. That was how Jason lived his life. It was about family and service to his community rather than a big paycheck. Jason started as a reserve firefighter for Lawrenceburg Fire Department in 2007 and became full-time in 2010. During his career, he found a passion for SCUBA diving. He became a certified rescue diver and participated in several dive calls. Jason received several awards, including two lifesaving medals. Jason was known for his dedication and passion for the job. He enjoyed working on anything mechanical, including the fire apparatus and fire stations.
An avid outdoorsman, Jason enjoyed spending his free time hunting and with his family. Jason was a devoted family man and single dad to Kensley and Kason when he met the love of his life, Jennifer Kelley. They married on October 12, 2013. On October 27, 2015, Jason and Jennifer became proud parents to a little girl they named Korbyn Julieanne. While at the fire station, Jason often called Jennifer and the children just to tell them how much he loved and missed them. He delighted in hearing what they were doing. They often stopped by the station just to spend a few minutes with him. His family was an important part of everything he was involved in.
February 12, 2018, started as any normal day would. That afternoon a call came in for a structure fire, a completely routine call. Of course, Jason was one of the first to arrive. With excitement in his voice, he called Jennifer and said, “It’s a fire and I will call you later.” After a few hours of fighting the flames, Jason and several other firemen were in the house when the roof collapsed, killing Jason and injuring several other men. None of their lives would ever be the same.
Jason’s legacy will live on. The Jason Dickey Memorial Training Center is currently under construction and will train future firefighters for generations to come. He is greatly missed by his family, friends, and fellow firefighters. He is survived by his wife, Jennifer; two daughters, Kensley and Korbyn; and two sons, Kason and Kallon. Kallon was born on March 12, 2018, exactly one month after Jason’s passing.