DAISY MOUNTAIN, Ariz. (KSAZ) - A Daisy Mountain firefighter was killed and his death is being investigated as a homicide.
Luke Jones died after a fight at Centerfolds strip club in north Phoenix, and he leaves behind a wife and young daughter.
Jones was 37 years old and was a 12 year veteran of the Daisy Mountain Fire Department as a firefighter and paramedic.
"One of the things I remember about Luke is he had a dry sense of humor.. really funny without being goofy. One of the things I will remember about him.. great guy, a lot of fun to have here at the station," said Dan Jarrett.
On Saturday night, Luke was off-duty. He went to Centerfolds near 19th Avenue and Peoria and was involved in a fight. Police aren't saying what happened, but Luke was rushed to an area hospital, where as fate would have it, some Daisy Mountain firefighters had just arrived.
"We had an ambulance crew that transported a patient into the hospital. They were there when Luke came in. Our folks saw him at the hospital and that started the notification process for us," explained Jarrett.
Luke's own colleagues tried to save his life, but couldn't.
Luke lived with his wife and little daughter on a quiet street in Litchfield Park where a neighbor was shocked to learn he had died.
"Oh are you kidding? They've got the little baby. Oh my God," said Carolyn. "A few days ago, I saw him and his wife, little girl running toward me.. they seem like a wonderful people. I don't know about his personal life and there are a lot of nice men who go to strip clubs, you know."
We asked Centerfolds to tell us what happened and got a polite "no comment."
The Daisy Mountain Fire Department has set up a website for those who wish to help his family at this tragic time:
Luke Jones Memorial Fund
Daisy Mountain Firefighters Charities
It is with great sadness that we submit the following press release. https://t.co/hpYl08yM3F— Daisy Mountain Fire (@dmfdpio) January 22, 2017
Daisy Mountain FD's Fire Chief made an announcement on Facebook, releasing his name, photo, and other details.