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Community shows an outpour of support over the death of Pocomoke City firefighter

Pocomoke Firefighter

Pocomoke City, MD - A heartfelt tribute to Jacob Howser posted by the Pocomoke City Volunteer Fire Company on Facebook Saturday.

It's one of many on social media for the firefighter and EMT who died in a crash that morning.

The post reading in part, "Jacob's passing represents the loss of a dedicated volunteer and public safety servant for not only our town but southern Worcester County".

We're told he joined the company at 16 as a cadet and by 18 he was a firefighter, but years later he was also a part-time EMT for Showell and Snow Hill Fire companies.

"Fire was his life."

Showell EMT Captain Damon Maiseo says, although Howser was only part-time he always helped out the station when they needed him.

He says, "He helped us out in a jam, he did shift coverage, and he was right there ready to go...he was probably one of the best employees I've ever had."

Since that tribute from Pocomoke City Volunteer Fire Company, fire stations from across the peninsula have shown an outpour of support as well.

Berlin Fire Company even went as far to bring their own engine and crew to Pocomoke on Saturday, so members from the Pocomoke fire community could be at home with their loved ones.

It's something that Maiseo says is common in the fire service community.

"The fire service is a brotherhood. Everybody comes together all the time, but even more when there's a loss. The county is one whole department, us, Berlin, Pocomoke. We may not run with Pocomoke ever but we're still all one."

The heartfelt tributes did not stop on social media. Howser's Pocomoke City EMT partner Brandon Rose says he was with him while working his last shift on Thursday.

Rose tells 47 ABC he made a video in honor of Howser so everyone could remember what a genuine person he was.

"Jacob was very outspoken, he was a hard worker, dedicated, very dedicated in his profession. He loved sports, he loved his softball."

A life lost too soon, but for the fire service community here on Delmarva his legacy will live on forever in their hearts.


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