Community Says Goodbye To Hopkins County Firefighter

He dedicated his life to his community and today, a small east Texas town said good-bye to one of their volunteer firefighters who always put others first.

71 year old Joe Pat Jordan passed away Friday from a heart attack while responding to an accident.

Jordan founded the Pickton Pine Forest Volunteer Fire Department more than 30 years ago.

As KLTV 7's Molly Reuter shows us, it's just one of many accomplishments Jordan will be remembered for.

More than a hundred members of the Pine Forest community filled the Beaty Funeral Home in Winnsboro this morning to say goodbye to the man they called Joe Pat.

"Joe would be so honored, maybe even a little embarrassed, but so honored..."

Dozens of firefighters also filled the pews, men and woman who looked up to the man who started their local volunteer fire department.

"He was a caring man," describes Tracey Hankins, a Pickton-Pine Forest volunteer firefighter. "If you needed anything, any type of help, he was always there.

"He is going to be greatly missed by all the fire departments," said Joe Noe, a Winnsboro volunteer firefighter.

From building the buildings, to constructing the fire engines, the Pickton Pine Forest Volunteer fire department would not exist if it wasn't for Jordan.

He was a man who his family says cared deeply about his community.

"He was an electrician at the telephone company, if something broke he would fix it," said Jeff Jordan, his son. "We were cemetery committee members, took care of the cemetery, the fire department...just about anything."

The final alarm for firefighter Joe Pat Jordan, with the last call, and with the symbolic ringing of the firefighter bell, Jordan's service to his community has come to an end.

But it will never be forgotten.

"It was just a fitting tribute for a long time volunteer and community member," Jeff Jordan said of his father's ceremony.

Joe Pat also served for 12 years on the Como-Pickton ISD school board.

He leaves behind his wife, son, two daughters, and ten grandchildren.

Molly Reuter, reporting.