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Crash Victim Identified as Auxiliary Firefighter

Crash Victim Identified as Auxiliary Firefighter

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Boston Globe via YellowBrix

November 28, 2010

WALTHAM – A 21-year-old auxiliary firefighter from Waltham died Nov. 21 of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident in Lexington.

Jonathan R. Lindsay was a lifelong resident of Waltham and worked as an EMT for LifeLine and Cataldo ambulance services. He had been a Waltham Auxiliary Firefighter since age 16.

Mr. Lindsay joined the Waltham Auxiliary Fire Department in February 2006 and always brought energy and enthusiasm to the job, said Bernard Mullin, emergency management director for Waltham and commanding officer of the city’s Auxiliary Fire Department.

‘‘Jon was really outgoing,’’ said Mullin. ‘‘He really always brightened up (the mood of) the station every time he came in.’’

‘‘He was a truly passionate about the job,’’ said Mullin. ‘‘He was a great asset to our department; he is very sorely missed. The guys are taking it very hard.’’

Born in Boston, Mr. Lindsay grew up in Waltham and was an Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America Troop 248 Order of the Arrow. After graduating with honors from Waltham High School in 2007, he studied fire protection engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, received an EMT certificate from Massachusetts Bay Community College, and completed the paramedic program at Northeastern University.

Friends and family said Mr. Lindsay was known for his strong work ethic and once started a welding business.

Mr. Lindsay played guitar and banjo and was a member of a five-piece rock band called Rhed. He also belonged to the Bay State Antique Club, the Maynard Rod and Gun Club, and enjoyed camping and taking care of his pet cockatiel Zeke.

Mr. Lindsay loved riding motorcycles, said Mullin, who added, ‘‘He was always very safe doing it, and always wore his helmet and protective clothing.’’

About Mr. Lindsay’s accident, Mullin said, ‘‘The whole thing was beyond explanation.’’

Mr. Lindsay was riding his motorcycle on Nov. 19 when he crashed in Lexington on his way to work. He died Lahey Clinic Medical Center in Burlington.

Mr. Lindsay leaves his parents, Gary W. and Leona A. (Gaudet); a sister, Jennifer of San Diego; and his grandmother, Margaret E. (Roach) Gaudet of Waltham.

Funeral services were held in St. Mary’s Church in Waltham. Burial was in Mount Feake Cemetery in Waltham.