JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL)- This summer, the EMS community in our region lost one of its own. 36-year-old Sgt. Jason Austin died while working on his diving certification, leaving behind a wife and two-year-old daughter.
Now, Austin’s EMS brothers and sisters are honoring him and working to provide for his little girl.
“He was just a guy that’d give you the shirt off of his back,” Tim Mize with Washington County/ Johnson City EMS said.
Austin dedicated his career to serving and saving the lives of others as a paramedic.
“He was a really good guy, liked to joke a lot, he was kind of rough when he needed to be but he was very honest and straightforward,” Mize said.
This summer, Austin went to South Holston Lake to get his deep water diver certificate, but the unexpected happened. He drowned leaving behind a wife, daughter, and friends.
“It’s never easy losing a friend and unfortunately we lost several over the last few years but in the public safety community here in this local area but it really hits close to home when he’s a friend and you still have to go to work the next morning,” Mize said.
Now his friends at EMS are stepping up to be there for his wife and young daughter.
“He was always there for you no matter what time of day,” Mize said.
Friends and coworkers are hosting a benefit this weekend that will go towards a trust fund for his daughter McKenna, in honor of her beloved dad.
“I think it’s important for us as a community and public safety and EMS especially for us to really help out our own people,” Mize said.
The Jason Austin Memorial Ride and Car Show is Saturday at Biker Wear on the Bristol Highway in Johnson City.
Ride registration is at 9:30, the car and bike show starts at noon.
The event will also include live music, games for the kids and a silent auction and raffle.
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