June 26, 2024

Those who taught Jason Lang at Liberty High School remember the lessons they learned from him as much as the ones they dispensed.

The ever-cheerful demeanor. The honesty. The thoughtful gestures with no payment expected.

“You really had a hard time measuring whether or not he was having a bad day,” said Jeff Kelley, who taught Lang for two years in his American studies and government classes. “He was just a kid who seemed to enjoy life a lot.”

Lang, 20, died Feb. 26 when he was struck by an 18-wheeler on the side of the road. Lang, who was en route to Pine Bluff, Arkansas, for an EMT clinical training class, had stopped to assist at an accident scene.

The Iowa City native was a firefighter in West Memphis, a job he held for two months. He had previously been a volunteer with the Coralville Fire Department.