Bossier firefighter dies after on-duty accident; funeral arrangements announced

Jessie Henry, 28
Jessie Henry, 28(Terry Henry)
Published: Dec. 18, 2021 at 3:23 PM CST
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BOSSIER PARISH, La. (KSLA) - A firefighter with South Bossier Fire District 2 Station No. 4 is dead after an on-duty accident, according to Bossier Parish sheriff’s Deputy Rod White.

Officials say Jessie Henry, 28, was working on a fire truck tire at around 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 18, when it suddenly exploded.

The firefighter was flown to Ochsner LSU hospital, where he later died from his injuries.

Family members of Henry say they were told a tire sensor hit him in his head.

They also say that Henry served in the U.S. Army for four years and was active in the Army Reserves. He was a Bossier firefighter for the past four years.

Henry was a well-known MMA fighter, and his family says he just turned pro. He also had a non-profit, Four Quarters, where he paired young students up with mentors and offered scholarships.

Jessie Henry
Jessie Henry(Terry Henry)

Henry came from a family of first responders, with his dad serving as a Caddo sheriff’s deputy and his uncle serving as a firefighter in Plano, Texas.

He is survived by his 9-year-old daughter, Karmen, and his brothers and parents.

“Jessie was a brilliant firefighter and recently started his dream of becoming a paramedic and was studying to continue his certification for fire,” said Gray Young, chief of training for South Bossier Fire District 2.

(Sources: KSLA News 12 Video Journalist Scott Pace; Shreveport fire Capt. Mike Pharr)


Visitation, with church services to follow

  • Wednesday, Dec. 29
  • 9 to 11 a.m.
  • Hirsch Memorial Coliseum


  • Wednesday, Dec. 29
  • Centuries Memorial Funeral Home & Park, 8801 Mansfield Rd.

The funeral procession will head from Hirsch Memorial Coliseum to Centuries Memorial Funeral Home & Park via Hearne Avenue to Mansfield Road. The public is welcome to line the route to pay their respects.

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