DeSoto County's first black EMT dies on the job

Family, friends and coworkers are mourning the death of Desoto County's first black paramedic tonight.

It was two days of strenuous physical activity that took a fatal toll on Jeffrey Jeans.

Emergency Management Director Bobby Storey says it all started Thursday.

Jeans cut the sprawling lawn at the Eudora firehouse, then tested engine hose well into the evening.

Friday he picked up an engine that was being repaired in Memphis and put all the heavy hose back on the truck.

It appears all the work was more than his body could take.

Jeans' co-workers say he told them he felt hot Friday night before going into the kitchen. That's where they found him a short time later, lying on the floor in cardiac arrest.

Jeans was a 25-year-veteran of DeSoto County emergency services, starting as a volunteer back in 1982.

He was an EMT intermediate driver, one of 14 in his district.

He was also a pioneer, the first African-American to join DeSoto EMS.

Visitation for Jeans will be held Saturday May 19th from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm at Henderson Funeral Home and from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm at Station 6.

On Sunday, visitation will continue from 1:00-2:00 pm at Longview Baptist Church.

His funeral will be held at 2:00 PM at Longview Baptist Church.