( wkbw/ erie county firewire ) The Big Tree Volunteer Fire Company held a tribute to their fallen brother, Lt. Jarrett Eleam Saturday. The service was officiated by Fr. Joe Bayne, Chief Chaplain and Fr. Dave Borowiak, Chaplain-Erie County Emergency Services.
Firefighter Eleam, age 26, became ill after participating in self-contained breathing apparatus training on Monday-January 10, 2011 and died on Wednesday-January 12, 2011. He joined Big Tree in 2009, graduated from Firefighter 1 Boot Camp in July-2010 and was appointed Lieutenant in the Fire Prevention Bureau on Saturday-January 8, 2011.
Jarrett is survived by his parents Terrell and Jacqueline Eleam of Millvale PA (just outside of Pittsburgh) and nine siblings: Adrian Locke, Darneice Bivins, Lillian Cannon, Dionnea Watkins; Terrell, Sharell, Jacquelin and Termane Eleam; and Gloria Wicks. Jarrett was predeceased by his brother and sister Norman and Lavenia Williams.
Eyewitness News salutes Firefighter Eleam, and all the brave men and women who are first responders. Watch for coverage at 6 & 11p.m.