Joshua Jay Wilkes was born in Tupelo‚ Mississippi‚ on May 24‚ 1984. He was 26 when he died on February 13‚ 2011. He had responded to an afternoon outdoor fire and was returning to his station with another firefighter. During a stop to refuel the fire truck‚ Josh collapsed and died.
Josh was a volunteer firefighter with the Unity Fellowship Fire Department in Saltillo‚ Mississippi‚ for about five years. He was very active in the fire department. He tried to make the calls and often helped out the other departments in the area.
Josh was married and had four children – two sons and two daughters. Joshua Terry is 10‚ Zachery is 6‚ Chloe is 5‚ and Isabella is 3. He was a great and wonderful dad.
Josh loved sports‚ playing drums‚ and family time. He worked his adult years in furniture manufacturing and carpentry.