Memorial service planned for former Jemison resident

Published 9:30 am Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Members of the Jemison City Council discussed a memorial service for a former Jemison High School student during the regularly scheduled meeting Monday.

Although no formal action was taken during the meeting, Mayor Eddie Reed told the council he received word that a memorial service for a former JHS student would be held April 8 at the JHS football field.

Reed was referring to Jason Snipes, 34, of Verbena, who died March 26 in a Haynes Life Flight helicopter crash.

The helicopter crashed in a remote area of Coffee County and killed Snipes, pilot Chad Hammond, flight nurse Stacey Cernadas and patient Zach Strickland.

The group was transporting Strickland, who had been injured in a motor vehicle accident, to a Montgomery hospital.

Snipes graduated from Jemison High School and worked for Regional Paramedical Services while also volunteering with the North Chilton Fire Department.

He had recently joined the Verbena Fire Department, and also worked for CARE Ambulance before leaving to work for Haynes.

“Many people in this community knew this young man,” Reed said. “It was a very tragic thing to happen.”

Reed said the memorial service would be from 1 p.m. until 2:30 p.m.

“There will be a large group of people who will be attending,” Reed said. “The council has been asked to attend.”

Jemison Police Chief Shane Fulmer said there were plans to land a helicopter in the center of the football field for the memorial service.