January 1st, 1989 Derek Andrew Jaymes was delivered inside an old beat up red Honda. Lara and Andrew Jaymes were on their way to the hospital, but a flat tire left them stranded on the side of the road. The birth was rough, and after pushing for over an hour, Lara delivered her son. She held him in her arms but could not stop bleeding. Her husband tried to stop it, but slowly her Bambi like emerald eyes fluttered shut as she took her last breath. Andrew held onto his son, and after the ambulance took Lara away, he vowed to give Derek a good life in the memory of his mother.
As promised, Andrew did his best to give Derek a great life. As a firefighter he worked a lot, but showed his son good values, and made sure he never was without a home, love, and the necessities of life. Andrew never remarried, and threw himself into the biggest fires, and inevitably, that was what killed him. Derek was 13, and he got the call that his father had saved three kids from a burning bus, but it took his life. Derek was devastated and lived with his father’s fire chief. He vowed to live in his dad’s footsteps, and made sure to graduate and throw himself into the same line of work his dad was in.
Derek grew into a very upstanding member of the community. He worked hard, and became a great team leader in the firehouse, and quickly became fire captain. He volunteers all around town, and that was how he met his wife. Lauren and Derek had the perfect love story. She was friends to everybody and worked as a receptionist in the firehouse. After a few failed attempts, Lauren and Derek welcomed a baby boy named Louis. Life was perfect, and Derek was very happy. When a string of fires started to happen in churches, things changed.
Derek and Lauren had just moved into a new house with their now fie year old son. Derek was working late hours trying to help uncover the arsonist who was setting the church fires. The firehouse found out it was two men, and luckily stopped one of them. The man who was still out there was the worst. The fires got worse, and the police and firehouse were trying their hardest to stop the man. Anybody who had a hand in collecting the arsonist’s partner was winding up tormented, or dead. Then tragedy happened to Derek’s family. He had just closed his eyes in his office, and the sounding alarm rang through the firehouse. Derek and his crew suited up, but when they heard the address Derek froze.
By the time the crew got to Derek’s home, his wife and son were already swallowed by the flames. The arsonist did such a great job at making it look like an accident, the police report said exactly that. Derek and the fire house knew there was something up, and now a year later he is still trying to find answers as to what really happened to his family. Derek tries to stay positive, and be a great team leader, and member of society, but behind closed doors his depression is seeping in.