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National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

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Firefighter/EMT
Age: 49
Year of Death: 2023

Jermaine A. Pelt

Jermaine A. Pelt was born on March 24, 1974, in Chicago, Illinois, to John and Lizzie Pelt. He was the youngest of four children. As a child, Jermaine was very busy and loved to keep his parents on their toes. He loved snacks and to this day, you could find snacks in every backpack he owned. He accepted Christ at an early age and was a member of Church of Christ.

Jermaine’s educational journey began at George M. Pullman Elementary School, and he went on to graduate from Corliss High School, Class of 1992. He believed that knowledge was power and the key to success. Jermaine had a strong passion for education, which allowed him to obtain several degrees throughout the years. The highest was a master’s degree in public administration from Governor’s State University. He also attended Northern Illinois University, Morgan State University, Purdue University, Olive-Harvey College, and Chamberlain University, to name a few.

Through the years, Jermaine took up boxing, was a lifeguard at a community college, and had several real estate ventures. Jermaine also did volunteer work for the Burn Camp for Kids and Muscular Dystrophy Association, both organizations located in Chicago.

Jermaine applied to and was accepted into both the Chicago Police Department and the Chicago Fire Department. He chose to start a career with the Chicago Fire Department in 2005, and he served his community with pride for 18 years. He was known as the firehouse cook and made some of the best meals. Jermaine was also an EMT and an instructor at CFD Academy. Jermaine worked part-time as a registered nurse at the University of Chicago Ingalls and as a home health care nurse. To unwind, he vacationed many times throughout the year, enjoyed dining at restaurants, attended cultural events, and spent quality time with family and friends. He was well loved and respected by many.

Jermaine leaves behind his loving children, Jorie (Kyle) and Jared; his significant other, Ariana; parents, John and Lizzie Pelt; brothers, Christopher, Derrick (Doris), and Jerry; nieces, nephews, and a host of aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Jermaine had a deep passion for helping others, and it showed. Anyone he crossed paths with can tell you. He always went above and beyond the call of duty. He accomplished so much, yet remained humble and was down to earth. His courage, bravery, and selflessness are unmatched. Cherished memories will live in our hearts forever, and we find comfort knowing he’s in perfect peace.

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