Daisy Mountain firefighter killed in off-duty fightPosted: Updated:
Authorities have opened a homicide investigation into the death of an off-duty Daisy Mountain firefighter Saturday night.
Luke Jones was 37 years old. He was a 12-year veteran of the Daisy Mountain Fire District.
"Luke is one of the best firefighter paramedics that I had the fortune to work with," said Deputy Chief David Maxwell with the Daisy Mountain Fire Department. "Good friend, a great husband, fairly new father, We’re devastated as we’re trying to deal with this."
Phoenix police were called to a local hospital at around 11:30 p.m. to investigate an injured person, Sgt. Jonathan Howard said.
"Officers found that the 37-year-old victim had been brought to the hospital with critical injuries consistent with an assault," Howard said.
Jones was later pronounced dead. Authorities provided no other information about the extent of his injuries.
"It's just heartbreaking that we're dealing with this. We have a lot of questions that we hope to have answered in the days to come," Maxwell said.
Howard said the investigation revealed Jones had been at Centerfolds Cabaret in the area of 2000 W. Peoria Ave. when the assault occurred.
"We’re hoping if there was somebody who caused this to absolutely that they will be apprehended and dealt with," said Chief Mark Nichols with the Daisy Mountain Fire Department.
"We’re going to continue to do our job the best we can but we are hurting. We’re going to be spending the days to come to make sense of this and move forward the best we’re able," Maxwell said.
Nichols issued the following statement on Sunday:
"Today the Daisy Mountain Fire Department is coming together to mourn the loss of one of our own, Firefighter Paramedic Luke Jones. He was a 12-year veteran that leaves behind a wife and daughter. The information we have at this time is limited. We do know that the circumstances of his death are currently under investigation by the Phoenix Police Department.
"We are very humbled and thankful for the outpouring of support, well wishes, and prayers from the community and the public safety family. As information becomes available we will pass that along as soon as possible. On behalf of Luke’s immediate and fire department family, we ask that you keep us in your thoughts and prayers. Especially for those who still must respond to emergency’s while grieving for our loss.
"Although we are grieving Luke’s loss, Luke would want us to continue to serve the public as faithfully as he did for 12 years."
His funeral is scheduled for Friday, 10 a.m., at Christ's Church of the Valley, 7007 W. Happy Valley Road, Peoria.
Jones is survived by his wife and a daughter. Daisy Mountain Firefighters Charities has set up the Luke Jones Memorial Fund to help his family. Donations can be made at www.firefighterscharities.org.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to call the Phoenix Police Department Violent Crimes Bureau at 602-262-641 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS or 480-TESTIGO.
We would like to express our sincerest gratitude for all the support you have shown us. Keep the Jones family in your thoughts and prayers. pic.twitter.com/BoGmUkYlSZ— Daisy Mountain Fire (@dmfdpio) January 23, 2017
It is with great sadness that we submit the following press release. https://t.co/hpYl08yM3F— Daisy Mountain Fire (@dmfdpio) January 22, 2017
A statement from the Fire Chief:— Daisy Mountain Fire (@dmfdpio) January 22, 2017
Today the Daisy Mountain Fire Department is coming together to mourn the loss... https://t.co/Mhs3BRpLaf
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