E.M.T. Mark Bradley Davis (Dickinson)
E.M.S. Volunteer Mark Bradley Davis (Dickinson) was shot and killed in Cape Vincent at approximately 11:58 on Friday , January 30, 2009. Mark and two other E.M.S. volunteers had answered a call for help. They had received a call that someone was having difficulty breathing. When they arrived the alleged suspect soon became very agitated and talking about guns. Realizing that a problem might arise they decided to pack up their equipment and leave. While in the process of doing that a click of a rifle was heard coming from the bedroom where the suspect had gone into. The E.M.S. team hurried to leave, Mark was the senior E.M.S. at the scene and last to leave when the suspect came out of the bedroom with a high powered rifle and fired hitting Mark as he was leaving. Marks last words were “run“, thinking not of himself, but of his fellow E.M.S. volunteers. The suspect was arrested and Mark was transported to Samaritan Medical Center in Watertown. Although E.M.T.’s started work on him at the scene Mark was pronounced dead at arrival January 31, 2009.
Mark was born January 15, 1984 in Orlando, Florida. Marks biological father died about the time Mark was born, and at age two Mark’s mother Marsha Davis married Laurence E. (Larry) Dickinson. They had two other children Maricia (B: 1987)and Brandon (B: 1992), Mark was shot on his brother Brandon’s 17th Birthday.
Mark and his family had moved to Cape Vincent over 6 years before this. His father Larry was born at the Good Samaritan
hospital and was brought up in Brownville. Mark was employed since 2007, part time by Guilfoyle Ambulance and volunteered with the Cape Vincent and Thousand Islands Emergency Rescue Service(T.I.E.R.S.) squads. He was studying at Jefferson Community College to become a full paramedic with the class of 2010. He was awarded the honor posthumous and a scholarship fund was set up in his name to help future paramedics.
Mark was an outgoing, fun loving, young man who would help anyone in need. He loved to fish, hunt, cook, and was an expert on a computer. He always took time for his family and friends with a ready smile and a warm heart. Mark never met a stranger and always loved a good joke. He would look at you and giggle and your heart would melt.
Mark’s funeral was held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, February 7, 2009 at the Thousand Island High School with a Honor Procession through Cape Vincent and a Last Call Ceremony. Receptions were held at the Cape Vincent Fire Station, The Cape Vincent American Legion, and the United Methodist Church, Broadway, Cape VincentThe funeral was one of the largest in Jefferson County History, with a procession over six miles long. It was made up of over 178 fire and E.M.S. units, 19 police units, 4 hook and ladder trucks, the Fire Dept. of New York City’s pipes and drums played and over 2,000 people marched under the arch of the American Flag held between the hook and ladder trucks. There were units as far as Canada, other states, and from all corners of New York State to pay tribute to a remarkable young man. The Thousand Islands Emergency Rescue Service has a memorial page in his honour.