Submitted by his Family
Jon Mark Bingham
Geary Volunteer Fire Department & Rural Fire and Rescue – Oklahoma
Rank: Assistant Chief
Date of Death: November 30‚ 2007
Jon joined the Geary Volunteer Fire Department in December 1988. Along with his eventual fire fighter training‚ he had background in electrical‚ construction and as one might put it ‘A Jack of All Trades’. He had a way of looking at a problem and figuring it out.
Jon was a substitute rural mail carrier for a few years on both routes in the Geary and Greenfield area‚ later becoming a fulltime carrier. This gave the department some extra eyes in the rural area plus the knowledge of how to get there.
He was the youngest boy among five and wedged in between two older and four younger sisters. Jon was always curious‚ while tying to figure out how a cap gun worked he got his lip caught in the hammer of it; or getting his finger stuck in a mouth piece hole of a horn case‚ or sticking his finger in a bulb-less lamp that was still plugged in; or quizzing the structural engineers from Edmond‚ OK on building supports to remove a victim from a burned out lower apartment.
Unfortunately‚ for family‚ friends‚ and the Geary community‚ Jon became the second victim of that fire‚ twenty six hours after the initial call‚ due to a massive heart attack at his home.