William Robert Jerrell Jr. | Passages

POULSBO — Firefighter-paramedic William Robert Jerrell Jr. died at his Bothell home on June 6. He was 41.

Born to Patricia Fox and William R. Jerrell on Nov. 26, 1970 in Lawrenceville, Ill. Graduated from Alaska’s Kenai Central High School in 1988. Attended the University of Alaska and the University of Iowa where he received his paramedic certification in 1994.

Worked for Mercy Ambulance in Evansville, Ind, moved to Washington state in 1997, became founding member of Medic 13, an advanced life support program based in Chimacum.

A firefighter-paramedic for Port Ludlow Fire & Rescue until 2008, when he joined North Kitsap Fire & Rescue.  Member of International Association of Fire Fighters, Local 2819.

Saved many lives and inspired others in the profession to provide compassionate care, combining detailed medical knowledge with deep empathy. Enjoyed gardening, camping and hiking. An empathetic listener who, above all, made everyone and anyone feel welcome in his presence.

Survived by former wife, Jodi Minker of Port Townsend; former partner, Delton Porter of San Jose, Calif.; mother, Patti Thompson of Bothell; brothers, David Piper of Bellingham, Michael O’Brien of Anchorage, Alaska and Matthew O’Brien of Biloxi, Miss.; sisters, Rebecca Jerrell of Soldotna, Alaska and Michelle LaVigueur of Nakiski, Alaska; six nieces and nephews; countless friends, and his dogs, Skunk, Tazi and Angus.  His father preceded him in death.

Visitation June 12 and 13, noon to 6 p.m., at Stone Chapel at Cherry Grove Memorial Park, 22272 Foss Road NE, Poulsbo. Memorial service June 16, 2 p.m., at Suquamish Tribe House of Awakened Culture, 7235 NE Parkway, Suquamish.

Contributions preferred to Professional Firefighters of Kitsap County Benevolent Association, P.O. Box 1604, Silverdale, WA. 98383.

— North Kitsap Fire & Rescue


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