On January 24th, Sgt. Luke Story of the Jonesborough Fire Department passed away after a 5 month battle with pancreatic cancer. Story, a dedicated member that was known throughout the community, had touched the lives of many as he served. He was diagnosed with Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer in August of 2014, and his friends state that he remained in good spirits even after the diagnosis. Story, age 37, passed on Saturday in the company of his family and friends.
The community rallied behind Luke and the brothers/sisters at the Jonesborough Fire Department, and a variety of fund raisers/events were held to raise money for his medical bills.
While I only had the pleasure of meeting Luke a few times, many friends/coworkers have said that he always had a smile on his face. As Jonesborough’s first full-time firefighter, he was also involved with a number of other agencies in Northeast Tennessee. He was truly dedicated to serving others, and did so throughout his adult life.
The Jonesborough Fire Department posted this post on Facebook following the announcement of his passing:
Where do you go from here. How do you react when you lose a brother, a mentor, a pillar of your organization. How do you start your shifts knowing that he won’t be there to check up on all of us, to keep us in line. You just do I suppose. As a department we know many other organizations across the country deal with tough times as these, and we have hoped and prayed for the delay of it for us. Today, the day after losing Luke, we carry on and do our duty, just as he would want… us to. We will begin our shift with stories and sharing memories of him. We will all migrate to the bay this morning laughing about all the good times, and choke on the bitter silence that will surely follow. But we will continue to carry on his legacy of selflessness and sacrifice regardless of our sorrow. We will protect our community knowing he is on that hose with us. SGT Luke Story had a hand in almost every agency in the county, which is a true example of his commitment to helping others. Luke truly was the definition of a hero. Luke, your shift is done brother. We’ll take it from here. STORY STRONG FOREVER. – The Firefighters of Jonesborough.
Everyone who had the pleasure to know Luke will ensure that his legacy lives on. The brothers and sisters prepared Luke’s Engine 107 for the services this week. The color of the draped material on the Engine is black and purple for pancreatic cancer awareness.
Brother Luke’s arrangements are as follows:
The family will receive friends from 1:00-3:00 PM and 5:00-7:00 PM Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at the Dillow-Taylor Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be conducted 11:00 AM Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at the Dillow-Taylor Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Mike Anglin officiating. Interment services will follow at Cherokee Baptist Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be fellow Firefighters and EMS personnel.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Luke Story Pancreatic Cancer Foundation 123 Boone Street Jonesborough, TN 37659.