Firefighter Jeffrey Scott Buck Jr, 18, from Lawrence Township Volunteer Fire Company #1, responded to a structure in the borough of Clearfield with his company on March 3, 2015. While exiting the building, the porch roof collapsed on him, trapping him under the roof. On March 9, after six days of fighting for his life, Jeff Buck succumbed to the injuries he sustained during that last call.
Jeff was born February 18, 1997, to Jeffrey “Scott” and Pam Buck. Jeff grew up playing baseball, football, basketball, and soccer. He also played trumpet in his middle school band. He loved to hunt and fish every time he got the chance. His love for firefighting started early in his life, as both parents were volunteer fire personnel. Jeff grew up at the fire hall. From his birth through his teens he was there learning, watching, and waiting for his turn. As soon as he could become a junior firefighter at the age of 14, he did! He would take any training he was allowed and took many classes more than once.
On March 13, 2015, Jeffrey was made honorary lieutenant at Lawrence Township Fire Department #1. He was awarded the Purple Heart for First Responders later that year.
Jeff would do anything for anyone. He had a very kind heart and wanted to help. He was available for anyone who needed a shoulder to cry on or an ear to listen or just to make them laugh. Everyone who met him liked him.
He was a senior at Clearfield Area High School, where he studied diesel mechanics. He loved working on engines, especially race cars. He worked for a while at Jim’s Sports Center and also as a mechanic at the local truck stop. Jeff was accepted to start NASCAR Technical Institute after high school graduation. He was ready to start the next chapter of his life.
Jeff and his fiancée, Katlyn Mitchell, were expecting a son. Landen Matthew Buck joined the world on July 28, 2015, four months after his father’s death. Jeff was extremely excited to meet his son. He would have been the best father.
Jeff is survived by his parents, Scott (Cathy) Buck and Pam Buck; his son, Landen; his fiancé, Katlyn Mitchell; his brothers, Terry Blake, Justin and Mason Buck, and Melvin Swanson; his sister, Amanda Rhodes; his paternal grandmother, Bertha Buck, and his maternal grandparents, Robert and Beverly Roseweir; many aunts, uncles, and cousins; and his firefighter brothers and sisters. He was preceded in death by his sister, Reba Buck.
Jeff loved life and everyone in it. He was taken way too soon, but he left doing what he loved. Jeff will forever be in our hearts.