Dear Editor:

May 23, 2015 was one of the worst nights Claremore Fire Department members have experienced since 1984, when Guy Cooper and Jim McElwain were lost in a building fire.

We lost a great mentor, a great firefighter and a great friend. Captain Jason Farley holds a special place in everyone’s heart on the Fire Department as well as the community, and will be dearly missed.

Unfortunately, the job of being a firefighter exposes us to many risks and dangerous situations. These risks seldom have unfortunate outcomes, such as that night, making them very hard to process both physically and mentally.

During the traumatic event, I was transported to the hospital due to injuries. During my hospital stay and even thereafter, the overwhelming support this community has shown the fire department, the Farley family and I has been breathtaking and heartwarming. It is truly amazing to see a community come together and lend a helping hand to someone in need, or even present a simple card with words of encouragement and prayer.

We have been blessed to have met new acquaintances and made new friendships in the community who have helped lift us up. I would like to thank everyone for their continued support and prayers. We as a department and a family cannot thank you enough for everything you have done and continue to do in helping us, not just grieve and recover, but most importantly honor the life of Captain Jason Farley.

He was a great mentor and wonderful friend who will be greatly missed but never forgotten. Thank you.

Lt. Zane James

Claremore Fire Department

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