The Charleston (WV) Fire Department announced the passing of Captain (Ret.) Matt Jackson, who died earlier this week.
Captain Jackson was a firefighter, leutenant, captain, training officer, and mentor to many throughout the fire service here in the state and beyond. Captain Jackson was highly respected by his peers and everyone in and connected to the fire service throughout West Virginia. He was the consummate firefighter and instructor.
Captain Jackson held many honorary lifetime memberships to fire departments throughout the state. He was honored as a Distinguished West Virginian twice (1981 and 1985). In 1981, he was named the International Society of Fire Service Instructors (ISFSI) Instructor of the Year. He was appointed to Charleston Firefighter’s Civil Service Commission.
The legacy that Captain Jackson leaves behind will not only inspire those he mentored, trained, and touched, but many first responders and fire service members statewide, for years to come. He will be greatly missed.
Funeral arrangements for Captain Matthew Jackson have been set for September 10th, 2016 at the Charleston Civic Center’s Little Theater. Visitation will be from 10am to 1pm with the funeral beginning at 1pm. A procession to the Montgomery Memorial Gardens for Captain Jackson’s final rest will take place after the service.
Anyone wishing to bring a fire apparatus is asked to contact Bradley “Sparky” Scott (304) 206-7431 or Scott Holmes (304) 545-6976.
At the family’s request in lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Junior Firefighter Camp at the WVU Fire Service Extension in memory of Matt Jackson.