Funeral service scheduled for Texas fire chief who died by suicide
Central Bell County Fire & Rescue Chief Jason Worsdale served at the department for 10 years and reportedly suffered from PTSD
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By Laura French
NOLANVILLE, Texas — Funeral services have been scheduled for a Texas fire chief who died by suicide.
Central Bell County Fire & Rescue Chief Jason Worsdale, 46, will be laid to rest on Saturday, March 7 with services starting at 9:30 a.m.
A GoFundMe page for the chief’s family states Worsdale “lost his battle with PTSD” on March 3. More than $5,000 has been donated since Tuesday.
Worsdale had served at the Central Bell County department since 2010 and became fire chief in 2013, according to KWTX. He was a Marine Corps, Navy and Army veteran and was awarded the Purple Heart during his time in service. He medically retired from the military in 2009 and had previously served at the Sparta Valley Fire Department.
He is survived by his wife, parents, two siblings, a grandfather and seven children, according to his obituary. He is predeceased by his brother Scott Worsdale, who was also a firefighter and a paramedic in Texas.
“The family of Chief Jason Worsdale and Central Bell County Fire Rescue board of directors, officers and members request your prayers, love and positive thoughts of healing over the following weeks,” Central Bell Fire & Rescue Board President Cassandra Morrow said in a statement on Facebook.