EOW: July 17, 2023 | Cause: Gunfire
Age: 29 Tour: 1 month Badge: N/A
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On Wednesday, July 12, 2023, at Station 9 in the Norwood neighborhood of Birmingham, Firefighter Jordan Melton and Firefighter Jamal Jones were near the bay doors when they were shot by an assailant in the chest and legs. On Monday, July 17, 2023, Firefighter Jordan Melton succumbed to his injuries. Firefighter Jamal Jones remains in stable condition.
Birmingham Police Chief Scott Thurmond said the shooter entered the fire station through the open bay door, which typically remains open to be accessible to residents who need their blood pressure checked or other help or information. The shooting happened shortly after they started their shift.
“Jordan was a vibrant young brother who was full of life. He loved to talk sports as much as he loved good barbecue. He had a brilliant mind for business, but he was always down to lighten the mood with a joke or two. He was also a wonderful son to his mother, who has been his rock in these difficult past few days.” said Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin.
Firefighter Jordan Melton had only served with Birmingham Fire & Rescue for a month. He is survived by his mother and sister. Through the generosity of our donors, we had the honor of hand-delivering vital resources to help ease their financial hardship while mourning.
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