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Fallen Brothers» Jay Jahnke

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Jahnke family and the Houston, Texas Fire Department. Captain Jay Jahnke, 40, a 20 year veteran with the Houston Fire Department died Saturday, October 13, 2001. Jay and a civilian lost their lives in a multiple alarm fire on the fifth floor of one of two 40 story buildings in Galleria - the Four Leaf Towers. Another firefighter suffered third degree burns to his hands; two other firefighters, two paramedics, and four residents all suffered smoke inhalation.

     Jay came from a family of firefighters; his father, brother and uncle were all firefighters. The Val Jahnke Training Facility was named after his uncle several years ago. In 1991 he was promoted to Engineer Operator and in 1997 was promoted to Captain. During his almost 20 years of service with the Fire Department, he has shown great love, dedication and tireless effort for firefighting. He was a safety officer for the Cypress Creek Volunteer Fire Department. Jay also felt the importance of teaching citizens about the fire department and firefighting, and was a volunteer instructor of the HFD Citizens Fire Academy.

     In light of the tragedy, Houston plans on upgrading their staffing levels on truck companies from three members to four.

     Our brother Jay left behind a wife and two children. Jay's memorial funeral service was held Wednesday, October 17, 2001, at the Second Baptist Church in Houston. Nearly 3,000 firefighters from Houston, Texas and the entire nation attended the memorial service. A memorial fund has been established to help the family. Donations can be made to:

Capt. Jay Jahnke Memorial Fund
Bank Of Tanglewood
500 Chimney Rock
Houston, TX 77056
(713) 266-2900

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