I’m dedicating my blog to a wonderful man who died of cancer on December 24, 2011.
Robert “Jake” Jacobsen
Born: October 13, 1945
Died: December 24, 2011
Jake was “just your basic hero” devoting his working life to public safety. He was a dedicated firefighter, a member of the first paramedics in Utah, and served as a crewmember on LifeFlight. In 1984, he founded Burn Pattern Analysis and devoted 25 years to private fire investigation.
I met Jake only once, but I dedicated Love on Laird Avenue (aka, Household Repairs) to him. As an author, I wanted to come up with a unique way to blow up a house. I called my local fire department and was met with great concern about wanting to blow up a house. The fire chief said it would be against regulations for him to give me that kind of information but that he knew someone who could help me. That led me to Jake at Burn Pattern Analysis.
I remember Jake laughing about the situation when I called. He happily agreed to meet with me for an interview. He had the most wonderful ideas for my book. I enjoyed talking with him so much that I didn't want the interview to end. The world truly lost one of the good guys. He was indeed “your basic hero.”