The Mark B. Davis Memorial Scholarship

Established in 2010, this scholarship was created in loving memory of Mark B. Davis, a paramedic student at JCC who gave his life in 2009 responding to an EMS call. This scholarship will help support the dreams of a second year EMS student who best represents Mark’s Memory.

Mark was born January 15, 1985 in Orlando, Florida. He moved to upstate New York with his family where he was homeschooled. He attended Stetson University in Florida, then moving on to Jefferson Community College’s paramedic program. Mark was actively involved on campus and in his community. Mark was the life of the EMS Club at JCC. He loved EMS and firefighting and was a volunteer EMS in Cape Vincent, NY. He was a certified CPR instructor, nationally accredited 911 dispatcher, and also volunteered on the French Festival Committee. He volunteered for the Cape Vincent Fire Department and TIRES. Mark’s whole world revolved around serving others and giving back to his community. His drive to assist and friendliness rubbed off on those around him and he was admired by his friends and his family.

On January 30, 2009 Mark B. Davis responded to a medical call for help in the small community of Cape Vincent, NY where he also lived. While responding to this call, the person that he was sent to help became aggravated and retrieved a hunting rifle from his home. As Mark and the other first responders were leaving the scene, Mark was shot. The next day, Mark lost his battle to his injuries and gave his life doing the thing that he loved. Mr. Davis is recognized for his courage and heroic actions.

Mark was a student at Jefferson Community College at the time of his death. Students of the EMS club at JCC raised over $12,000 in 2010 to help establish the Mark B. Davis Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship is given to students each year who lead the same giving life as Mark, and that are dedicated to being first responders.

In 2009 and 2010, a motorcycle ride was organized in the community to help raise money for Mark’s memorial fund and to honor him. Over 100 cyclists came to this event.

In 2010, Mark was honored on New York State’s Official EMS Memorial, in remembrance of his service and sacrifice.

In 2012, the New York Senate passed a bill to make the killing of an emergency first responder first degree murder, punishable life without the chance of parole. The bill was named “Mark’s Law” in memory of him.  

He is survived by his parents, Marsha and Larry, his siblings, Maricia and Michael, and many extended family members. Maricia, Mark’s sister, became an emergency first responder after his death.

Mark B. Davis is an inspiration to all, especially students whose dreams are to become emergency first responders. Mark was a kind, giving, fun-loving, selfless man who gave his life trying to do the right thing.

Jefferson Community College is honored and thankful for Mark’s family and the EMS Club for establishing this scholarship in Mark’s memory. His courage will not be forgotten.