Jerry Richardson, loving husband, and father of two children, passed away at the age of 56. Jerry was born on November 6, 1965, in Montebello, California, to Harold and Sharon. Jerry’s life of service started as a junior at Selah High School, where he volunteered at Selah Fire Department in Washington. After graduating high school in 1984, Jerry enlisted in the United States Air Force, where he became an airbase firefighter for four years. After Jerry’s military service, he enrolled in the paramedic program at Central Washington University.
During this time, Jerry met the love of his life and best friend, Heather. Jerry and Heather moved to Cottage Grove, Oregon, in 1992, where all of Jerry’s hard work paid off when he started his professional firefighting career with Cottage Grove Fire. In 1993, Jerry and Heather were wed and began expanding their family. It wasn’t long before their family was complete with the birth of Eddie and then Kaylee. Jerry’s service to the residents of South Lane County ended after seven years, when his desire to serve a larger community led him to Portland Fire and Rescue in December 1999. Jerry promoted to lieutenant in June 2007. Jerry’s warm personality and unparalleled leadership were respected by his peers. Jerry was beloved by all who met him.
Jerry had a passion for hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, baseball, softball, coaching, woodworking, and church. Of all the blessings in his life, the thing he treasured most was his family. He was so proud when Eddie followed in his footsteps and became a firefighter for Spokane County Fire District 9. Kaylee always made Jerry proud with her independent tough spirit and sharing his love for nature, where they spent many trips hiking and camping. His true love, Heather, has made every step in this life worth walking. They enjoyed raising their beautiful children, helping with all their activities, spending time with their extended family, camping, traveling, and attending as many concerts as they could. In the last three years, Jerry successfully lived life to the fullest and found joy in every day.
Jerry’s strength and toughness carried him through his battle with lung cancer. Jerry was proud to serve his community and his country as a firefighter. Jerry was known for living his life “ALL IN”, for his family, fire family, and friends. We miss him every day and will continue to live “ALL IN” in honor of him.