Houston Volunteer Fire Chief Jay Evans whose father gave the Houston Fire Department 44 years and rode pumper 25 decided long ago he would not retire until his time with Houston Fire and his father’s time with Houston Fire totaled 100 years. Well he hit the mark. Chief Jay Evans retires from the Houston Fire Department the end of the week. A retirement celebration was held Wednesday at Houston Fire Department Station 8. Chief Evans turns 75 on Thursday and gave the Houston Fire Department 59 years. Beside the PIO for the Houston Fire Department, he was the Chief of the Houston Volunteer Fire Department (which is still in existence) He was my Chief for many years as I ran with the Houston Volunteer Fire Department. Jay also worked for the Harris County Medical Examiner’s Office as an Investigator under Dr. Joseph Jachimczyk who was the Harris County Medical Examiner and was officed at the morgue in the basement of Ben Taub Hospital. Back in the 70’s and 80;s Jay was known by many who watched news as the Investigator with the white cowboy hat on scenes. He always drove a Plymouth Fury and used what was known as a Federal Q2 siren to clear traffic enroute to scenes. Evans also was Chief Investigator for several years with the Texas Fire Marshal’s Office. Evans son Rex is the current Police Chief with Cleveland ISD Police. He served for many years with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office and Liberty County Sheriff’s Office. Rex Evans did not follow in his family’s footsteps as a firefighter, except a volunteer. He said he chose law enforcement after making a fire with his dad in the winter of the early 90’s in the Montrose Area. He said it was freezing as firefighters battled a structure fire ice was hanging from trucks and helmets. Rex Evans looked over and saw a Houston Police Officer nice and warm in a coat watching the firefighters.

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  1. Janice Herod

    I met Jay Evans several years ago when he was with HCSO, and my employer did contract work for the department. When I lived in the area, I saw him on TV news, but 11 years ago I moved to Kansas and often wondered what he was doing now. Thanks for sharing this article and bringing me up to date on a friend who was definitely one of the good guys I wish him well in his retirement.

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