U.S.: $45K Reward Offered for Information into Shooting Death of Alabama Firefighter While on Duty

Authorities in Alabama have offered a $45,000 reward for information that could help with investigations into a fatal shooting at a Birmingham fire station. According to NBC News, Jordan Melton and his coworker firefighter Jamal Jones were shot while performing routine checks on July 12th.

Melton, who had only recently graduated from the recruit academy, died of his injuries on July 17, while Jones’ status was classified as critical at the time of this report. “Jordan was a vibrant young brother who was full of life,” stated Mayor Randall Woodfin.

“He loved to talk sports as much as he loved good barbecue. He had a brilliant mind for business, but he was always down to lighten the mood with a joke or two.”

“I ask that you join me in wrapping our arms around Jordan’s family today,” Woodfin added. “They’ve lost a son, a brother, a friend and colleague.”

Authorities have yet to make any arrests in relation to the event. Police Chief Scott Thurmond, on the other hand, stated that investigators believe a gunman or a group of suspects entered Station 9 in Norwood and opened fire on the victims. According to NBC News, Thurmond also stated that detectives have yet to determine the motivation behind the shooting.

“Know that we’re exhausting every resource to find answers and justice for Jordan’s loved ones,” Woodfin continued. “Jordan paid the ultimate price for his service to our city, we will not let that sacrifice be in vain.”

The Birmingham Fire & Rescue Service Department in a post on Facebook also paid tribute to Melton. “We will never forget the impact that you left on our department and the City of Birmingham,” the department shared. “You are forever in our hearts.”

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