It is with a very heavy heart and great sadness we announce the sudden passing of Phoenix Firefighter Juston Doherty.
Brother Doherty was found deceased of apparent natural causes in his quarters while on active military maneuvers at the Arizona Army National Guard Base in Phoenix.
In addition to being a seasoned, Phoenix Firefighter and Technical Rescue Technician at Station 45, Juston was also a highly-decorated Captain in the US Army. Brother Doherty had a multi-decade military career. He was an Army Ranger and Airborne School graduate. He served in two combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan and received multiple commendations and medals throughout his distinguished military career including the Bronze Star. He continued to serve our country in the Army Reserves in addition to being a full-time Phoenix Firefighter.
Firefighter Doherty was also a 15 year veteran of the Phoenix Fire Department who held the title of Technical Rescue Technician. In addition to his many accomplishments in the fire service, he was the recipient of the Phoenix Fire Departments Metal of Valor for entering a burning apartment on his day off without protection to save children who were trapped in the fire. Firefighter Doherty suffered serious burns during the incident. Needless to say, Juston’s heroic aptitude and commitment to serve his country and community knew no bounds and undoubtedly saved numerous lives.
Brother Doherty was a cherished and decorated “larger than life” member of the Phoenix Fire Department and Local 493 who personified all things great about both organizations. His sudden passing creates a void in our family that will be difficult to overcome. His energy, spirit and commitment to service was an invaluable asset to our membership and will be greatly missed.
In fire service tradition, sworn first-responder and military personnel will remain in honor watch with Firefighter Doherty until his services which are still pending.
Please keep the Doherty family and the PFD in your thoughts for strength in this difficult time.