Funeral arrangements set for North Little Rock firefighter who died from Covid-19 complications

Flags across North Little Rock are flying at half-staff after the death of North Little Rock Fire Department Lt. Scott Chassells.

Chassells, above, died on Saturday from Covid-19 complications.

The family issued a statement on Monday that was released through the city.

“On behalf of the entire Chassells family we would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude for the outpouring of love and support that we have received after the loss of our hero,” it read.

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It noted that Chassells, 48, was a veteran of the Iraq War.

“He performed his duties with honor, bravery and without exception to anyone in need,” the statement continued. “Through his military service and subsequent service in the fire department he was always there for his fellow brothers and sisters and those who needed his help in their darkest hours.”

“North Little Rock has lost a hero and we have lost the glue that held our family together. We respectfully ask for the space to grieve and lay him to rest with the dignity and honor that he earned. The world is a little darker today but we have faith that those who he mentored and served with will carry on his legacy.”

He is survived by his wife,  Jodi Smith Chassells along with other extended family members. He was preceded in death by his son, Gunnar Scott Chassells, who died in 2017 after playing Russian Roulette.

The family started a Foundation to educate others on those dangers. 

Visitation will be Monday, Sept. 27 at First NLR Church, 4501 Burrow Drive, North Little Rock, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., with the service to follow from 11;30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Burial will be at 1 p.m. at the Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery in Sherwood.

Pallbearers include:  Chad Frey, Steve Fortson, Mike Holley, Heath Hoops, David Matchett, Mike Mitsunaga, Adam Moreno, and Gerald Tucker.

Obituary: Aaron "Scott" Chassells

Jan. 8, 1973 - Sept. 18, 2021

Aaron “Scott” Chassells, 48, of North Little Rock passed away Sept. 18, 2021. He was born Jan. 8, 1973 in Ft. Walton Beach, Florida.  He was a paramedic and firefighter for the North Little Rock Fire Department. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

He is survived by his wife Jodi Smith Chassells; father, Gary Lee Chassells; siblings: Brian (Karen) Chassells, Jeff Chassells and Christina Black; mother-in-law Debby Smith; sister-in-law Jayme (Dustin) Gentry; brother-in-law, Jeff Smith; several nieces, nephews and extended family members.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Nancy Paulsen and her husband James; and his only son, Gunnar Scott Chassells.

Pallbearers include:  Chad Frey, Steve Fortson, Mike Holley, Heath Hoops, David Matchett, Mike Mitsunaga, Adam Moreno, and Gerald Tucker. Masks are required for attendance at any of these services.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Camp Sunshine, Little Rock, or the Arkansas Fallen Firefighters Memorial, Little Rock.

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