Firefighter volunteer Jon Hickey killed in Fell's Point; his mother pleads for answers

Jon Hickey, 31


A local volunteer firefighter was found shot to death inside his home in the Upper Fells Point neighborhood of Baltimore.

Jon Hickey, 31, was found dead inside his home on East Pratt Street November 30th.

Police had been called to the home after loved ones hadn’t heard from Hickey and grew concerned about his well-being.

According to police, when officers entered the home they found Hickey with a gunshot wound to his head. His death is being investigated as a homicide. No further details have been released.

Hickey grew up in the Catonsville area.

On Sunday his mother told Fox 45 her son had moved to Baltimore about three months ago and was recently accepted into the Baltimore City Fire Academy. Becoming a BFD firefighter had been a lifelong goal.

“His grandfather was in the fire department,” said Hickey’s mother, struggling to hold back tears. “He wanted to follow him. I was even getting my father’s badge for him so when he graduated I could pin it on him. Now, I can’t even do that.”

Over the years Hickey had served as a volunteer firefighter and EMT for various departments including Woodlawn, Reisterstown, Owings Mills and Landsdowne. Each department posted heartfelt messages to their Facebook page over the weekend.

Police have not yet released a motive in the case or detailed what they believe lead up to Hickey’s death.

Hickey’s family is now left devastated and with many unanswered questions.

On Sunday, his mother pleaded for anyone with any information on the case to come forward.

A GoFundMe has been set-up to help Hickey’s family with funeral expenses.

A memorial service will be held at Haight Funeral Home at 1 p.m. Thursday, December 7, 2017.

The funeral home is located at 6416 Sykesville Road, Sykesville, MD 21784.

Lansdowne Volunteer Fire Company posted the following message,

Our deepest sorrow goes out to Jon Hickey, and to the Hickey family. Jon tragically lost his life yesterday evening. Jon was a member of Reisterstown Volunteer Fire Department, Owings Mills Volunteer Fire Company, and was well on his way to being recruited with the Baltimore City Fire Department. Our thoughts & prayers are with everyone in this tragic time.

Reisterstown Volunteer Fire Company and Pikesville Volunteer Fire Co. also shared their condolences.

Anyone with information regarding this murder is asked to call detectives at (410) 396-2100, call Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP, or text a tip to (443) 902-4824.

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