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Obituary: Jon Fleming, VEMS Paramedic, Age 36

A Valley Emergency Services paramedic passed away suddenly this week. Friends and family may call on Sunday, October 7 from 1 to 5 pm at the O'Brien Funeral Home in Bristol.

John Fleming, age 36, of Terryville and a paramedic with Valley Emergency Medical Services passed away on October 3, 2012.

Fleming had worked with VEMS since 2008. Jason Perillo, the group's former executive director, said Fleming's passing is "extraordinarily sudden."

"He was just a fantastic guy, truly talented, always professional, always a gentleman," Perillo said.

Colleagues said Fleming apparently died in his sleep, though the state medical examiner's office said an autopsy had not been performed as of Friday morning, the Valley Indy reports.

Fleming leaves behind a wife, Joanne, a daughter, Charlotte, and two sons, Jacob and Carter.

Robert Pettinella, the current director of VEMS, released the following statement:

"Valley Emergency Medical Service regrets to announce the passing of Paramedic Jon Fleming. Jon was an outstanding husband, father, friend and paramedic that will be deeply missed by all. His passing will be a huge loss to VEMS and the communities he served.  Our hearts and prayers go out to his family from the entire VEMS family."

Services are as follows:

O’Brien Funeral Home
24 Lincoln Ave.
Bristol, CT 06010
(860) 583-7116

Calling hours will be held on Sunday October 7, 2012 from 1 to 5 p.m.

Funeral services will begin on Monday October 8, 2012 at 10 a.m. from O’Brien Funeral Home with a service to follow at Liberty Baptist Church, 265 Maple Ave, Bristol at 11 a.m.

Burial will follow at St. Mary Cemetery, East Hartford.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Jon’s memory may be made to Valley EMS.

George Bardell October 06, 2012 at 07:20 AM
What foot prints we leave, what lives we touch, this is the legacy we leave. The world will go on and the void hard to fill. My condolences to the family and friends of Jon.
Bob Duguay October 07, 2012 at 11:28 AM
jon touched every person he came in contact with. his uplifting personality and his compassion spread to everyone he met. truley a gentle man, a wonderful paramedic,a loving father, and an honorable friend.he will be missed even by people he hadn't met yet. rest in peace jon the lord has you in his arms now.
Mark virgulto October 08, 2012 at 02:20 PM
You are one of the funniest guys I've met. We were always there for each other! I know I'll see you again someday. You left young, but some children get called home early! You'll be missed. Mark Virgulto

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