Troy Jackson was born into the firefighting family. His father, Paul, was a battalion chief for the same department Troy joined in 1990. He grew up knowing many of the firefighters he ended up serving with at South Metro Fire Rescue.
Troy knew from a very young age that being a firefighter was what he was meant to be. After turning 21 and proposing to his high school sweetheart, Lori, he passed his EMT class and tested for SMFR, then Castlewood Fire Department. He was hired in March 1990 and began his career and his rise up the command ladder. He obtained his associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees. He rose through the ranks and ended his career as assistant chief of operations after being assistant chief of the training bureau. After almost 30 years at SMFR, he stepped down to focus on his recovery from cancer.
Troy was survived by both parents, Donna and Paul Jackson. Troy was married to Lori for almost 30 years, and together they had two children. Covey (24) also married his high school sweetheart, Courtney (24), after both graduated from college in 2016. Carley (22) started her career in the Douglas County Sherriff’s Department after graduating from college in 2019.
Troy battled adenoid cystic carcinoma, a rare job-related cancer. His initial diagnosis was in 2013. He chose to participate in many clinical trials in an attempt to advance the treatment options for others, all the while working full-time. He had multiple surgeries to battle the aggressive tumor growth, experienced over 170 radiation treatments, and survived several chemotherapy rounds. He was a warrior. He intended to beat this cancer, but as the cancer progressed, his focus shifted to attending the pinning of his daughter, Carley, with her sheriff’s badge and college graduation. He was stubborn and successful; she was pinned on December 2, 2019 and graduated college December 13. Troy was admitted to the hospital on the 14th and passed in the early morning of December 16, 2019.
Troy was a man of God and wanted to pass that faith on to those that knew him. He did so in the way he carried himself, the way he lived his life, and how he approached death. He didn’t want people to be angry in his passing but instead “ask themselves why he got to cut to the front of the line. Afterall, if heaven is as wonderful as we’ve been told, what did he do to deserve early admittance?”
He was our Superman, and we know we will be reunited again at the feet of our heavenly Father.