On Sunday, July 18th, Jacob (Jake) Dindinger was critically injured in a random, senseless act of violence. Jake, who had worked as an EMT for just four months, was parked waiting to assist with a medical call when a man approached the ambulance and began firing his weapon into the vehicle. Jake was struck multiple times: in the arm, chest, neck, and head. Despite being shot twice herself, Jake’s partner was able to administer the aid that saved his life. We will be forever grateful to her for her bravery and quick thinking.
Jake is the cherished son of Corrine and James Dindinger. He is a beloved brother, grandson, cousin, and friend. Jake loves sports and is a natural athlete. He has a pure heart and smile that never goes unnoticed, as it brightens every room he walks into. His sharp wit and sense of humor never fails to make those around him laugh. Jake treats everyone with respect and kindness regardless of who they are or what their past entails.Those who have had the privilege of meeting Jake, know the selflessness and determination that he carries with him every day. These traits drove Jake to dedicate his life to helping people as an EMT with the goal of becoming a firefighter, like his big brother Bryan. Watching him grow into the man he is has been a joy and a blessing. We are so proud that he was able to be the asset to his community that he always wanted to be.
We desperately hope that Jake will be able to continue pursuing his goals; however, the realities of his condition are dire. Should he recover, the process will be long and arduous. His life and the lives of his loved ones will be forever changed as they face some very daunting prospects ahead. Jake is a strong, young man, but he is still fighting for his life.
If he recovers, all funds will be contributed to Jake and his family to cover medical expenses, recovery, and rehabilitation. Should he not be able to overcome his critical injuries, these funds will go to the family for memorial services and related expenses.