Friday, May 30, 2014
The Murrells Inlet-Garden City Fire Department is mourning the loss of a fellow firefighter who died Thursday as the result of an off-duty accident.
Jordan Tyler Dingess, 24, suffered a severe head injury and was hospitalized for about ten days before passing away at about 1:30 p.m. Thursday.
Before being hired by Murrells Inlet-Garden City Fire, Dingess worked for a couple of years at the Georgetown City Fire Department.
Georgetown City Assistant Fire Chief Charlie Cribb said his department is alsop heartbroken.
“He was an awesome guy. He had a smile about him that when you saw it you had to smile back,” Cribb said.
He said although Dingess was very young, he had “huge potential” as a firefighter.
“He had the mentality to do whatever job he had to do. He was very knowledgeable,” Cribb added.
City Fire Chief Joey Tanner said Dingess “was a very good natured individual” who people “enjoyed being around.”
“He was the epitome of what a good guy was all about,” Tanner said.
Adam Navey, who set up a Facebook page in honor of Dingess, describes Dingess as “a hero, brother and friend.”
“He was one of the few I have had the honor to call my brother. He had a way to make friends with anyone and everyone,” Navey wrote.
An account has been set up to help cover medical expenses. Donations can be made at www.gofundme.com/9lnbmk.
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