CLAREMORE, Okla. - Claremore Fire Capt. Jason Farley drowned Saturday night while rescuing a woman and six children from dangerous flooding.
The flag is at half-staff at the fire station in honor of the 20-year veteran. FOX23 was there as people stopped by to place flags on the station lawn.
A chaplain is assisting firefighters as they deal with the loss. Many in the area have also found it hard to cope.
Farley was helping a rescue operation where water was rushing into a home during a young girl’s 5th birthday party. All of the children and one adult were rescued through a window but Farley was pushed into a storm drain where he drowned.
“He’s our hero. That’s for sure. It could have been our grandkids or my daughter. I pray for his family and the other firefighters. They’re like family to each other,” Steven Darnell said.
Darnell’s grandchild was rescued by Farley.
The support for Farley’s family and fellow firefighters has been huge as fire departments across the state shared their condolences through social media.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">We mourn the loss of Claremore FD Capt. Jason Farley. Our prayers are with his family & the CFD. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/LODD?src=hash">#LODD</a></p>— Tulsa Fire Dept. (@TulsaFire) <a href="https://twitter.com/TulsaFire/status/602565131482976256">May 24, 2015</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
Those wanting to donate to Jason Farley's Memorial Fund can do so at http://de.gofund.me./vdh2x8 .
Claremore Firefighters IAFF Local 1077 will also establish a memorial fund to aid in transferring funds to the Farley family and for local donations.
Donations are also being accepted at Fire Station #1.
Checks can be made payable to “Jason Farley Memorial Fund”.
You can contact Lieutenant Mike Peters at firstname.lastname@example.org or (918)724-0744 with any questions regarding donations.