Baltimore police on Sunday identified the man who was found shot to death inside his home in Upper Fells Point last week as 31-year-old Jon Hickey, a volunteer firefighter who was being mourned online.
Hickey served in several volunteer fire companies in Baltimore County and had been accepted into the December recruit class of the Baltimore City Fire Department, a spokeswoman said.
Hickey’s family described him as a “very good person who would help anybody that needed help.”
“He was a volunteer firefighter EMT on his way to becoming a professional firefighter like his grandfather in the BCFD,” the family said in a statement. “He loved baseball and the Orioles. To the person that did this please turn yourself in and to anyone that has any information please call the police.”
Hickey volunteered with the Woodlawn, Lansdowne, Reisterstown and Owings Mills fire companies. He was also a paramedic for the Charlestown retirement community in Catonsville, the family said.
The Reisterstown Volunteer Fire Company posted a tribute to Hickey on Facebook.
“He loved the fire service, baseball and hockey among many other things,” the fire company said. “He was a good man who would give without asking for anything back. Rest in peace Jon Hickey.”
The Lansdowne Volunteer Fire Department also offered condolences.
Hickey ran his own photography business, taking portraits and pictures of weddings. In a recent blog post on his website, he wrote of the joys of city living and encouraged folks to approach him while he was taking photographs and say hello.
“I’ve been sitting here with my coffee, watching out my window at Fells Point,” Hickey wrote. “The moment produced a thought about the simple life. … If you live in the Fells Point area of Baltimore, you will likely see this happening if you are out and about. Come say hi, I am always open to a good conversation.”
Police found Hickey on Thursday after being asked to check on the well-being of a person in a home in the 1800 block of E. Pratt St. Officers found him with a gunshot wound to the head. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police said they waited to release information about the man’s death until the cause of death was determined by the medical examiner. The medical examiner ruled it a homicide.
A funeral is planned for 1 p.m. Thursday at the Haight Funeral Home and Chapel at 6416 Sykesville Road in Eldersburg.
Police asked anyone with information to call homicide detectives at 410-396-2100 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP. Tips may be texted to 443-902-4824.
Baltimore Sun reporters Justin Fenton and Pamela Wood contributed to this article.