Chris Jones, an officer of the Barbados Fire Service has grown accustomed to responding to serious accidents and road fatalities. However he was not prepared for the news that the latest victim would be his brother.
Twenty-nine-year-old Brent Allan Jones became Barbados’ fifth road fatality for the year, the victim of a horrible crash along Spring Garden Highway in the early hours of Monday morning.
“Sometimes I have to work with the Jaws of Life and I always fear that my family would be involved. I never want that call,” said Chris.
While he was not called to respond to the accident, the news of his brother’s passing was equally heartbreaking.
“When I had heard the news this morning it was rough and it’s still rough, but you just have to take it as it comes,” he said.
He was among members of the close-knit Bridgefield, St. Thomas family, slowly coming to grips with the reality of life without one of its most vibrant members.
According to police, the deceased was heading north in a Toyota when he ran off the road directly opposite the Oran Bond.
He was reportedly ejected from the vehicle as the car flipped several times and was pronounced dead at the scene.
On Monday afternoon relatives including his brother Chris, aunt, Kathyann Ifill and grandmother, Gloria Ifill were at a family home in the community where Brent was born and raised, reflecting on their relative’s short, but meaningful life.
“I always worried about Brent and I also worry about my other brother Brian. They are the only two people that I have to worry about and I never wanted to get the call that I had to end up cutting out one of them,” said Chris.
Just two years apart, Chris revealed that he and his younger sibling were “close” from young.
Family members remembered Brent as an extremely helpful person, who was relentless in accomplishing any task, particularly relating to mechanics, which was his primary skill.
“He was the kind of person who would stop what he was doing and come and give you a hand. Even if he can’t get it done, he would still fight with it, especially with bicycles and stuff, because he liked bicycles from small,” Chris said.
Family members told Barbados TODAY that Brent previously worked at the Barbados Agricultural Management Company, before starting work with a mechanic shop in the Carrington Village area.
They recalled that when they last saw him on Saturday, he was in good spirits.
“I am not quite sure what happened last night or where he was going, because Brent is just a ‘roller’, he just ‘rolls,’” said Chris of his outgoing brother.
“He was just trying to live life,” he said in reflection.
Brent’s aunt, Kathyann Ifill described her nephew as “energetic and full of life,” adding that, “he knew a lot of people and was really just a good boy.
“He was not perfect and like everybody else had his ways, but he was a good boy. There’s nothing to do with a car that he would just leave alone. He would always fight to get it done,” she recalled.
Meanwhile, Brent’s grandmother, Gloria Ifill spoke glowingly of her grandson, remembering him as a man who would always attempt to fix her cellular phone. She also recalled that he would religiously give her a package of the popular Candy Mentos, on Friday evenings.
Jokingly, she informed Brent’s brother, Chris that he would have to fill the void left by his younger brother.
Brent Jones leaves a young daughter, dozens of family members and friends to mourn.