MADISON, Fla. (WTXL)-- Commonly known as Uncle Jack, a Madison County legend passes away Saturday. Fire Chief Jack Pickels started New Home Community Volunteer and Rescue in 1977.
The department consists of everyone from community members to his own family all lending a helping hand around the station. Chief Pickels also helped establish other fire stations all over Madison, Florida.
But he wasn't one to spend a lot of money, considered fiscally conservative, Chief Pickels spent his money on the department instead of his own needs.
Men of the department came together to purchase and present him with his very white chief's helmet last year.
Chief Pickels will always be remembered for his giving spirit and dedication to the lives of others.
Dispatcher from Madison County Communications Dept. Patrick Lightcap reflected on Pickels.
"But he's never been one to desire publicity for himself. He just wanted what the firefighters needed in order to do their job and understand that they're all volunteers and when they are called they are leaving their families to go help someone else," said Lightcap.
Services will be held at the New Home Baptist Church on Moseley Hall Road in Madison County on Monday.