Firefighter Jon D. Davies Sr.‚ 43‚ answered his final alarm in the early morning hours of December 8‚ 2011‚ in service to his department and his community‚ in search of a civilian who was reported missing and known to have been in the building at the time of the fire. Minutes after entry‚ a catastrophic failure of the foundation caused the rear of the structure to collapse.
Jons dedication to service has been richly passed to his three sons. Jon D. Davies Jr.‚ 23‚ was recently appointed to the Worcester Fire Department‚ serves in the Massachusetts Air National Guard as a senior airman‚ and completed a tour of duty in Afghanistan in 2011. Airman First Class Michael L. Davies‚ 20‚ also serves in the Massachusetts Air National Guard. Jons youngest son‚ Adam J. Davies‚ is 14. Jons love of family and life is celebrated by those who knew him well. His larger than life smile was equaled only by his devotion to his family and friends. Jon was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed boating‚ fishing‚ hunting‚ and scuba diving‚ which he enthusiastically shared with his sons. His zest for life was never as rewarding as when he spent time with his friends and family enjoying laughter and camaraderie. Jon also enjoyed his Harley-Davidson and the freedom of the road.
Firefighter Jon D. Davies Sr.‚ a 17-year veteran of the Worcester Fire Department‚ was appointed in April 1994. His fire service career started on Engine 8 and brought him to Engines 1&7‚ Ladder 1 and finally Rescue 1. Jon also served the Worcester Fire Department as a master diver and member of the scuba /dive team and was a member of the Technical Rescue Task Force. Firefighter Davies love of life was transparent and shaped his fire service career as well. He was always willing to mentor a fellow firefighter and share his knowledge and enthusiasm for the job. His large frame‚ produced by his dedication to weightlifting‚ was perfectly suited to his demeanor. A bull of a man‚ Jon was a tireless worker‚ especially at a fire scene‚ but his compassion was even more outstanding and made him known as a ‘Big Teddy Bear’ to his family and friends.