Paul Jolliff’s obituary appeared on FirefightingLinks.com, Sunday, June 16, 2002
FireFighter Paramedic and 1983 DHS graduate, Paul Jolliff, 37, a 7 year veteran of the Indianapolis Fire Department Station 10 died Friday June 14, 2002. Paul was on his 22nd and final practice mission before being certified as a department dive team member. The dive took place with students from several area departments at a private 10-acre murky pond with 70 foot depths. Rescuers were called when Paul couldn’t be found. Officials suspect he drowned after he panicked when he was unable to surface. His body was recovered 2 hours later. He was pronounced dead at Methodist Hospital.
Paul was an Army veteran, serving in the Airborne Rangers. Paul’s grandfather, Paul K. Jolliff, was an Indianapolis firefighter from 1940 to 1966. Paul was awarded a community service medal early in his career. The dive mission was the rescue of a drowning child and an investigation after the incident showed Paul might have become entangled in lines used to guide the training search.
Paul leaves behind his wife, Wendy, who was pregnant with their second child Katie who was born 2 months later on Saturday August 23, 2002, and a son Timothy (3).