Pittsburgh Native Volunteer Firefighter Dies In Buffalo, NY

By Kym Gable

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Family and fellow firefighters are mourning the death of a young Pittsburgh native who died during a firefighter training session in Buffalo.

Jarrett Eleam, 26, who played football at Oliver High School and graduated from Duquesne University, passed away Wednesday night.

He was rushed to the hospital on Monday during a training session at the Big Tree Fire Company in Buffalo where he’d been living for the past two years.

His sister, Darneice Bivins, tells KDKA Jarrett had a stroke.

Jarrett was an organ donor. Several of his organs will help save the lives of patients across the country.

“His liver is going to a woman in Rochester, a mother of three. His heart is going to a linebacker in Washington, D.C. and his lungs – here’s the best part ever – they’re coming home to Pittsburgh,” Bivins told KDKA’s Kym Gable by telephone.

A full firefighter’s funeral is being planned for sometime early next week at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in the Hill District. Hundreds of firefighters are expected to attend.

  • brentwood 116

    goodbye brother you will be missed. please watch over us whenever the flames rage.

  • Logue

    Cant believe it..so young… i remember them days at Rooney … much love from the Northside…PGH..miss u bro

  • 2059

    He died helping others, may the Lord take you in his arms forever.

  • Jamie McElroy

    It still hasn’t sunk in completely. I’m still waiting for you to come back home and chill like we had planned. Love ya J, watch over all that loved you, there were many!

  • Brandon Edwards

    Condolences from all of here in Columbia Sc. At the CFD.

  • Nicole

    OMG i cant believe it so young we were always hangin out in rooney and oliver such a shame goin to miss you

  • Station 125

    We lost one of our brothers our thoughts and prayers are with the family. please watch over us whenever the flames rage

  • MsPittsburgh

    26 and havin a stroke???? That’s just awful….too young to go

  • mike

    great guy to be with if only more people got to know him the way i knew him my he rest in peace brother i will be serving my community in his honor

  • Duq student

    he was sweet, brilliant, and always willing to help others wether he knew you or not. At Duq he touched my life more than he knew! What a wonderful guy!

  • James Hunt

    R.I.P. Lt. Jarrett Tyrell Eleam.

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