Loved ones remember fire victim as teen faces murder, arson, theft charges

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Family and friends of the man killed last week by a house fire on the northwest side spoke publicly about the victim for the first time, calling his death a “painful tragedy” Sunday in an interview with 24-Hour News 8.

Jason Doan, 45, was critically injured Thursday night in the fire and later declared brain dead at Eskenazi Hospital. He acted as an organ donor for four people and was taken off life support the following day, according to his partner, Alan Marin.

Authorities arrested a 16-year-old boy in connection with the fire the day after Doan’s death. The unidentified minor was charged with murder, arson and auto theft. Officials declined to comment on the relationship between the teen and the victim.

Marin described Doan as a loving family man, a proud father of three and the “craziest, goofiest one of them all.”

“I’m a female impersonator and to find someone who will accept you for that is really difficult,” said Marin. “He always supported me and that was the most important thing… He does not judge anyone.”

The two met online in 2014 and eventually started a family via adoption, with the assistance of Indianapolis attorney Grant Kirsh. The clients quickly became his close friends, he said.

“I miss that genuine, genuine relationship I had with [Doan],” said Kirsh. “His passion was helping children in foster care.”

Doan had been working to establish a non-profit for children aging out of the foster care system, with plans to one day purchase a 60-unit apartment complex to house the organization, Marin told 24-Hour News 8.

“He used to talk about us adopting 30 kids,” Marin laughed. “Family was what mattered to him. Family always came first.”

Doan put Marin and their children first when flames broke out Thursday night at their Highland Road home, pushing them through a bathroom window too small for him to climb through and instructing them to run as flames engulfed their other escape routes.

“He wanted me to take our kids to the neighbor’s to make sure they didn’t hear what was going on,” he recalled, his eyes filling with tears.

Marin realized they were saying goodbye as he fled to safety with their 10-year-old and their 11-month-old in his arms. Meanwhile, the fire had trapped Doan and the family’s beloved dogs in their bedroom.

“He wasn’t alone,” said Marin. “That gives me some strength to go on.”


Hoosier cities ranked among ‘Hardest Working’

INDIANAPOLIS (Inside INdiana Business) — Two Indiana cities are among the top 116 metropolitan areas across the country identified as “2020’s Hardest Working Cities in America,” according to a new study from WalletHub.

The personal finance website places Indianapolis at No. 47 and Fort Wayne at No. 72.

The ranking is based on 11 key metrics. The data set ranges from employment rate to average weekly work hours to share of workers with multiple jobs. WalletHub says the average U.S. worker puts in 1,786 hours per year, which is much higher than many other industrialized countries.

For instance, U.S. workers put in 403 more hours each year than German workers. For an average 40-hour workweek, that’s ten weeks of additional time “on the clock.”

But WalletHub says working more hours does not necessarily translate into higher productivity.

“In fact, empirical research shows that as the number of working hours increases, employee productivity starts to decline,” said Stephanie Andel, an assistant professor in the IUPUI Department of Psychology.

Andel is one of five experts asked by WalletHub to weigh-in on the workload.

“We simply are not wired to be working constantly, and we lose valuable mental resources as the workday goes on,” explains Andel. “This reduces our ability to maintain our work engagement over long periods, and in turn, creates diminishing returns when it comes to employee output and productivity.”

The list also included data on average commute time and the number of workers leaving vacation time unused.

“Overworked employees also struggle to balance their work and non-work roles (such as family demands), which further impacts their stress and health levels,” Andel said. “These problematic outcomes can also be felt by the organization’s bottom line in the form of increasing health insurance costs, employee absenteeism and turnover.”

WalletHub says the hardest working U.S. city is Anchorage, Alaska.

Click here to view the entire list.