Division Chief John Ashman
"John Boy"

May 26, 2023

Mentor & Friend

Chief Ashman

It’s with profound sadness and heavy hearts, we announce the passing of Division Chief, John "John-Boy" Ashman. He passed away peacefully this morning, surrounded by friends and family who loved him dearly.

Chief Ashman was a 40-year veteran of the Lewisville Fire Department and a Charter Member of the Lewisville Fire Fighters Association. His contributions to our department were beyond measure. Notably, he was one of the first paramedics in the Lewisville Fire Department, marking a significant milestone in our history.

To all who had the privilege of knowing him, Chief Ashman was a mentor, a friend, and a guiding force. He imparted his wisdom and experience not only to the members of Lewisville Fire Fighters but to everyone he encountered within the firefighting community.

His passion for being a fire fighter was infectious. His extensive knowledge of the fire service was beyond any book you could read or training you could attend. It was a treasure trove of information born out of dedication and hands-on experience.

In addition to his remarkable professional wisdom, Chief Ashman was renowned for his sharp humor and his unyielding, spirited personality. He was always up for a good time and had an uncanny ability to lighten the mood, even in the direst of situations.

Throughout his illustrious career, Chief Ashman's reach extended far beyond our department. He readily shared his wisdom and experience with other departments through training and assisting in apparatus design. His phone line was always open for anyone needing advice or just a friendly conversation.

Today, as we mourn the loss of Chief John Ashman, we also celebrate his exceptional life and honor his legacy. We are all better firefighters because of his teachings, his leadership, and his unyielding dedication to service. His influence and impact will forever be felt within the halls of the Lewisville Fire Department.

Rest easy, Chief. We will continue to carry the torch that you lit so brightly, and your legacy will live on in the work that we do every day.

The Visitation for Division Chief John Ashman will be held on Wednesday, May 31 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Lewisville First Baptist Church, 1251 Valley Ridge Blvd, Lewisville, TX 75077.

The Celebration of Life Service will be Thursday, June 1 at 1:00 p.m. at Lewisville First Baptist Church.

The Graveside Service will be directly after, at the Rolling Oaks Memorial Center, 400 Freeport Pkwy, Coppell, TX 75019.

Chief Ashman's wife, Joy, has expressed a specific wish. Instead of flowers, she would prefer donations be made to Local 3606's Scholarship Fund. As many of you know, Chief Ashman's passion for the fire service was unparalleled, and Joy believes that supporting others to join this noble profession would have been his wish. If you would like to contribute, you can do so by clicking below.