ANNISTON, Ala. (WBRC) - The funeral arrangements for a Springville firefighter have been announced.
The funeral for 35-year-old Jared Echols will be held at The Church at Bradford Road on June 21 at 2 p.m. Fire Chief Richard Harvey says there will not be a visitation beforehand and the public is invited.
Echols died Monday morning during a recruit or rookie session in Anniston.
At the time of his death, Echols was a student in the Firefighter Bridge Course at Anniston Regional Training Center of Alabama Fire college.
Echols was a lifelong Springville resident. He was hired by the City of Springville in January 2019 and worked as a volunteer firefighter at the Pleasant Hill Fire Department since July 2015 prior to his time with Springville Fire.
“Jared will be remembered for his infectious smile, his unending generosity, and his servant’s heart. Jared had a true servant’s heart in everything he did, whether it was as a volunteer, in his own business, whether or not it was just helping out in the community. His service to our city and this community, he’s touched many many lives. Even in the short time he was with us, I can name numerous occasions where he has made a difference, and he’s going to be missed. He was no more 15 or 20 minutes into that training, and it’s essentially doing search of a tower overcoming various obstacles, when he felt ill and went to the rehab area and was rendered medical assistance by the Anniston Fire Department. There is no indication that there was any type of accident at all. The firefighters that were with him [said] there was no fall, nothing that has been reported on that," said Harvey.
Echols is survived by his wife and two daughters. Funeral arrangements have not been announced.
An autopsy is being conducted to determine the exact cause of death.
Gov. Kay Ivey issued a statement and ordered flags at half-staff through Friday.