The Mark Davis Memorial Scholarship has been established at Jefferson Community College through the JCC Foundation. The scholarship will be awarded to a second-year student in the JCC Paramedic Program who is also an EMS volunteer in the north country.
Mark was a student in the Paramedic program at the time of his death and a volunteer with Cape Vincent Fire Department and TIERS.
A selection committee will review applications and essays submitted by candidates to determine the scholarship recipient for that year.
Checks for the Mark Davis Memorial Scholarship should be made out to “JCC Foundation” with “Mark Davis Scholarship” in the memo section.
Under a solemn overcast, people from New York State’s government, Health Department, and from EMS and fire departments from the far north, far west and lower Hudson Valley gathered at Albany’s Empire State Plaza to forever honor three men who died while helping others who needed EMS.
Cape Vincent/TIERS/Guilfoyle EMT Mark Davis, felled by a rifle shot on January 30, 2009, died January 31, 2009
Richard F. Quigley of Hudson Valley Paramedic Service (right) who died of a heart attack at an auto accident scene on January 10, 2009, and Louis J. Flury of Union Fire Company, who saved one occupant trapped in a submerged car, but drowned trying to rescue a second person on July 26, 1987, became names 37, 38 and 39 on the state’s EMS Memorial. Thanks to TIERS’ Joe and Samantha Burke and Larry Girard, Gary Horowitz of Hudson Valley Paramedic Service and Guilfoyle Ambulance’s Joe Bova for these pictures:
Mark Davis Obituary
CAPE VINCENT — The funeral for Mark B. Davis, 25, South James Street, will be at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Thousand Islands High School auditorium, Sand Bay, with the Rev. Mark L. Pierce, pastor of the Lake and River Parish of the United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in the spring.
Mr. Davis died Saturday morning in the emergency room of Samaritan Medical Center, Watertown, of a gunshot wound he suffered while answering an ambulance call in the village just before midnight Friday.
Calling hours will be from noon to 9 p.m. Friday at Cape Vincent United Methodist Church. Arrangements are with Reed & Benoit Funeral Home, Watertown.
Mr. Davis was employed by the Guilfoyle and Thousand Islands Emergency Rescue Service ambulance squads and was a volunteer firefighter and emergency medical technician for the Cape Vincent Volunteer Fire Department.
Born Jan. 15, 1984, in Orlando, Fla., son of Marsha Davis, he was home schooled in New York state, received his diploma and attended Stetson University, DeLand, Fla. He returned to the north country and was attending classes at Jefferson Community College, Watertown, in the paramedic program.
He was an instructor in cardiopulmonary resuscitation, was certified in hazardous materials and mass casualty and received national accreditation as a 911 dispatcher. He was a member of the EMS Club at JCC and the French Festival committee.
Surviving are his mother and stepfather, Marsha and Laurence Dickinson, Cape Vincent; a brother, Michael Brandon Dickinson, Cape Vincent; a sister, Maricia Dickinson, Cape Vincent; his maternal grandparents, Marshall and Leona Davis, Orlando, and aunts, uncles and cousins.
Donations may be made to the Mark Davis Memorial Fund, in care of Citizens Bank of Cape Vincent, P.O. Box 277, Cape Vincent, N.Y. 13618.
TIERS VOLUNTEER MARK DAVIS SHOT, KILLED IN CAPE VINCENT ALEXANDRIA BAY, N.Y. — The New York State Police at Alexandria Bay are investigating a homicide that occurred at approximately 11:58 p.m., January 30, at 114 South Esseltyne Street in Cape Vincent.
The victim, Mark B. Davis, 25 of 172 James St., Cape Vincent, was serving as a volunteer EMT for the Cape Vincent Volunteer Fire Department, when they responded to the address for a medical emergency. The victim and two other EMTs were at the residence treating Christopher G. Burke, age 25, formerly of Sherrill, N.Y., who now resides at the Esseltyne Street address.
Mr. Burke became agitated and retrieved a high powered rifle from the bedroom of the residence, police said. As the EMT’s were retreating from the residence, it is alleged that Burke fired two rounds, one at the victim striking and killing him, they said. The suspect then ran from the residence and was tackled and held down by another EMT who was also at the residence.
Clayton Police Department Officer Robin Pearce was first on the scene and took the suspect into custody with the assistance of Alexandria Bay Officer Jerry Delosh.
EMTs at the scene fervently attempted life saving measures, and continued these efforts during the ambulance transport to the Samaritan Medical Center in Watertown, NY where he was pronounced deceased.
After consultation with District Attorney Cindy F. Intschert and Chief Assistant District Attorney Kristyna Mills, the suspect is being arraigned this morning on charges of second-degree murder and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon.
In addition to Clayton and Alexandria Bay Police Departments, Clayton Volunteer Fire Department, Guilfoyle Ambulance Service and Tiers Ambulance Service assisted at the scene, and Cape Vincent Police Department is assisting in the ensuing investigation.