Texas fire, EMS department grieving after sudden loss of chief

Canyon Lake Fire and EMS Department Battalion Chief Jason Rush, "Skippy," died on Saturday

By Leila Merrill

CANYON LAKE, Texas — Battalion Chief Jason Rush, 42, of the Canyon Lake Fire and EMS Department died early Saturday, the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung reported.

Rush served with the department for a little more than 20 years, said Interim Chief Robert Mikel.

Rush is survived by his wife and three children.

At 16, Rush, widely known as “Skippy,” began working as a volunteer with the Spring Branch Volunteer Fire Department. He was a battalion chief by 23.

Precinct 4 Commissioner Jen Crownover was among those in mourning Monday.

“I don’t even know where to start,” she said. “Skippy – that’s who everybody knew him by; nobody called him Jason – was a firecracker out there. He was a ham and he was a cheese. He was a joy to be around – everybody loved him and the world was better for having him in it.”

The commissioner said she spoke with Canyon Lake staffers, paramedics and firefighters, and they are grieving.

“He was absolutely beloved by everybody he touched.”

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