DUNN, N.C. (WNCN) — A Dunn father and husband, who was a firefighter and paramedic, died in a crash near Myrtle Beach on Saturday, officials say.
On Sunday, Dunn Emergency Services sent an ambulance to the Myrtle Beach area to bring home one of their own — Jerry David Jackson, Jr. — back home.
According to the S.C. Highway Patrol, the crash happened at 2:17 on 6019 Highway 701 South at Browns Chapel Road south of Conway.
Lance Corporal Jones with the Highway Patrol reports the drivers of three Harley Davidson motorcycles were traveling north on Highway 701 as the driver of a 2006 Saturn was pulling from a private driveway onto the Highway 701.
Troopers say two of the motorcycles were hit first and then the the third biker was hit after that.
Deputy Coroner Michelle McSpadden identified the biker who died as Jackson, Jr., 49.
Jackson was a firefighter and was also captain of the EMS Division for Dunn Emergency Services.
On Sunday, the flag at the station flew at half staff and a message was posted on the station’s sign: “In Memory of Capt. Jerry Jackson.”
Dunn Emergency Services sent one of their own ambulances to South Carolina to bring Jackson’s body home. His station held a procession from the county line all the way to the funeral home.
“Every one of the trucks were in the line, every one of the volunteers were there,” said Rodney Eason, Asst. Chief of Dunn Emergency Services.
They held a hero’s welcome home for the man that meant so much to so many.
As a leader, Jackson’s coworkers say he was honorable.
“He loved to lead by an example. He would tell you to do something and then he would turn right around and make sure he did it himself. He wouldn’t ask you to do anything that he wouldn’t do,” Eason said.
But, Jackson did have a lighter side, always trying to keep people entertained.
“He loved to tell you a joke. He was always sitting there waiting to tell you and make you laugh. He loved to keep you smiling the whole time,” said Eason.
Jackson’s station of six years isn’t quite feeling complete without him now.
“He will be greatly missed by the department and in the community,” said Eason.
“Outpours of people calling and asking what they can do to help us so that just shows you the kind of person Jerry was,” said Eason.
Many people also shared their sorrow about Jackson’s death on social media over the weekend.
“Sorry to hear about the loss of another brother. Jerry was a dedicated man who always had a smile on his face. I remember when Jerry started at Dunn, he was eager to learn everything he could, never turned down a challenge, and was a dedicated volunteer. I know you guys will miss him greatly,” Greg Frank wrote on the Dunn Emergency Services Facebook page.
The coroner says Jackson died at the scene due to injuries sustained in the collision.
The other drivers were taken to the hospital with non life threatening injuries.
The S.C. Highway Patrol is investigating.
— WBTW contributed to this report