Service scheduled for area fire chief who died of gunshot wound

Central Bell County Fire/Rescue Chief Jason Worsdale of Belton died Tuesday. (Fire Dept. photo)
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NOLANVILLE, Texas (KWTX) A service has been scheduled for the chief of Nolanville’s volunteer fire department who died Tuesday afternoon in the intensive care unit of a local hospital after suffering a gunshot wound.

Central Bell County Fire/Rescue Chief Jason Worsdale of Belton was 46.

Worsdale was an Indiana native who served in the Marine Corps, the Navy and the Army before retiring in 2009.

He received a Purple Heart Medal.

He moved to Central Texas from Washington State in 2005, served with the Sparta Valley Fire Department and then joined the Central Bell Fire Dpeartment in 2010.

He was named the department’s chief in 2013.

Worsdale shot himself Tuesday morning, Bell County Sheriff’s Department Maj. T.J. Cruz confirmed Tuesday.

The department was founded in 1961 as the Nolanville Volunteer Fire Department and the name was changed in 2010 to Central Bell County Fire/Rescue.

The department has a staff of 40 firefighters and paramedics who provide round-the-clock coverage in three shifts, with a response area of 40 or more miles.

Memorials may be made to the Central Bell Fire/Rescue in Nolanville.