Jalen S.D. Smith

Firefighter Smith was a passenger in a vehicle driven by another firefighter responding to a crash involving a tractor trailer. For reasons that are not clear, the vehicle left the roadway and rolled. There are conflicting reports regarding Firefighter Smith’s location after the crash, he may have been ejected. Firefighter Smith suffered head and back injuries. He was transported to the hospital and treated but died as a result of his injuries on December 3, 2012. Incident Location: Vicinity of FM 2767 and County Road 387, Tyler, TX 75705 (USNG: 15S TR 8820 8246)

Department Information

Jackson Heights Volunteer Fire Department
PO Box 130338, 2874 County Road 24
USNG: 15S TR 9873 8407
Tyler, Texas 75705

Chief: M. Terence Thompson

Jalen S.D. Smith was honored on the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Emmitsburg, Maryland and was included in the USFA’s annual report Firefighter Fatalities in the United States.
Age: 20 
Rank: Firefighter 
Classification: Volunteer 
Incident date: Nov 30, 2012 22:00
Date of death: Dec 3, 2012 
Cause of death: Vehicle Collision - Includes Aircraft 
Nature of death: Trauma 
Activity type: Driving/Riding Personal Vehicle 
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: Responding 
Fixed property use: Street/Road