Jarrett A. Dixon
Baltimore County Fire Department – Maryland
Career Fire Apparatus Driver Operator
Date of Death: January 12‚ 2008
Jarrett Aliber Dixon was born September 3‚ 1971‚ in Baltimore. On January 12‚ 2008‚ God welcomed Jarrett into the beautiful sunset of immortality. Jarrett has always been a loving joy to his family and friends.
Jarrett was an alumnus of the University of Maryland College Park‚ where he earned a bachelor’s degree in criminology and criminal justice. A faithful member of St. Bernardine’s Roman Catholic Church‚ he completed his religious education there and‚ for many years‚ was an audio technician at the 8:30 AM Sunday mass.
Jarrett’s employment began on his grandfather’s farm in Lothian‚ Maryland‚ where he learned the values of hard work and self-discipline and that – to those that much is given‚ much is expected. Jarrett always had several jobs‚ activities‚ and adventures in progress. He worked at McDonogh School’s horse riding hall and as a counselor and lifeguard with the Camp Red Eagle Program.
In 1995‚ he graduated from the University of Maryland Police Academy and joined the UMCP Police Department as a campus police officer. His plan was to work a couple of years as a police officer and then go to law school.
Jarrett’s plan changed after he was bitten by the firefighter bug. He joined the Liberty Road Volunteer Fire Company in 1993 and served in many capacities‚ including firefighter‚ EMT‚ 1st fire lieutenant‚ and member of the board of directors. He was recognized several times for being one of the top ten fire and EMS responders.
In 1997‚ he graduated from the Baltimore County Fire Department School. With Baltimore County‚ Jarrett was a Fire Fighter II‚ Fire Officer II‚ Fire Instructor III‚ Fire Inspector I‚ public fire educator‚ and was certified to drive all fire equipment. His special achievements and certifications are numerous. He was an active member of Local 1311 and represented the union in annual MS softball tournaments. Jarrett also worked for STAT MedEvac as a flight paramedic.
Although it may seem that he was all work and no play‚ Jarrett loved sports‚ both as a participant and observer. He was a college wrestler‚ a softball player and coach‚ and a certified scuba diver. He was also a Ravens fan and enjoyed working the home games.
Throughout his short life‚ Jarrett filled many roles: son‚ brother‚ cousin‚ devoted father‚ friend‚ role model‚ and comforter. He was a strong believer in family‚ education‚ and physical fitness.
He is survived by his beloved son‚ Gavin Aiden Conner Dixon; his parents‚ Alexander and Dolores Dixon; sisters‚ Etosha Dixon‚ MD‚ and Annette Dixon; his special friend‚ Priscillia Johnson‚ US Navy; and a host of relatives‚ friends‚ and brothers and sisters of the emergency services.