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National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

Roll of Honor

Assistant Chief
Age: 25
Year of Death: 2022

Jonathon Taylor Coco

Assistant Fire Chief Jonathon Taylor Coco, 25, was born in Ferriday, Louisiana, on June 14, 1997, to Barry Coco and Michelle Johnston. Jonathon grew up in Martindale, Texas, frequently visiting family in Louisiana. Jonathon passed away on June 20, 2022, with his brother, Hunter Coco, in the line of duty as a firefighter for the Maxwell Community Volunteer Fire Department.

Jonathon developed an interest in public service at a young age. This interest intensified after his family’s barn caught fire and the Maxwell Fire Department was the first on the scene. Jonathon stated, “I specifically remember the kindness and compassion now Chief David Childress displayed during the incident, and ever since then I wanted to join.” He joined in 2016 and worked his way up the ranks to assistant chief. If you ask the members of the fire department, they will tell you that he was dedicated to the department and community. He spent many hours at the station going above and beyond what was asked of him. Among his numerous certifications and accolades, he also handled all the department’s IT-related issues, operating on servers, computers, and all network management.

Jonathon was an astounding human being. His personality was bigger than his world. Cooking for others was a passion of his. On many occasions you would catch him making family dinners for the department, his friends outside the department, and his family. His sister, Ashley, said that cooking for others was his love language.

At home, his family would describe him as extremely funny, and you never knew what was gonna come out of his mouth. He was a go-getter and had no problem taking charge and getting things done. He was known for taking in strays, whether K9, feline, or human. He was a full-time animal control officer for the City of Buda Police Department in Buda, Texas, where he was admired by his coworkers for his personable disposition and playful antics.

Jonathon is survived by his parents, Barry and Jaimee Coco; four siblings, Ashley Sanford and husband Seth, Marcus Hildebrand and wife Katlynn, Kaleb Coco, and Riley Coco; two nieces, Avah and Paisley; a nephew, Colson; grandparents, Roger and Marlene Bierstedt, Dorothy Coco, and Diane Johnston; aunts and uncles, Debbie and Nilon Wolter, Donna and Roger King, and Donald Coco; and cousins, Kelton Wolter, Hayden Coco, Kendra Johnson, Hannah McKinney, and Lola Coco. He was preceded in death by his mother, Michelle Johnston; grandfathers, Otis Coco and Nigel Johnston; and cousin, Owen McKinney.

We love and miss you so much, Tater Tot!!!


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  1. I love and miss you so much friend. I hope we are making you proud at MCVFD. Keep watching over us. Sam

    Samantha Lucas
  2. Brothers…….heroes ……ANGELS!!!!

    – Jason