The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

July 2, 2013

Alabama Firefighter Memorial contains local names

By Karen Middleton
For The News Courier

— The Alabama Firefighter Memorial in Tuscaloosa, which was dedicated Oct. 19, 2004, contains the names of several local firefighters.

Included are: James B. Rose, Clements, 1989; Ricky Moore, Oak Grove-Thach, 1997; and Clinton L. Romine, Good Springs, 2004.

Huntsville firefighters include: Melvin Reese, 1975; Donald W. Marks, 1992; Billy J. Bradford, 1993; Norris S. Finley, 1994; John E. Wilkes, 1995; David Anthony Vess, 1996; Ray Clifton Dowell, 1996; Dwight R. Smartt, 1997; Joseph L. McKay, 1998; Shirley Dean, 2001; Burl Wilburn, 2001; Otis William Graves, 2002; Davy Joe Judge, 2004; Kelly W. Anderson, 2006; James R. Barkley, 2006; and Ronald W. Scrimsher, 2006.

Decatur firefighters include: James L. Redding, 1979; Wilburn Albert Schrimsher, 1992; Robert Lester Ballew Jr., 1996; William Paul Kilgore, 1997; John Lowell Boyer, 2003, and Tommy Leon Hill, 2006.

Firefighter’s Prayer

When I am called to duty, God

Whenever flames may rage,

Give me strength to save some life

Whatever be its age.

Help me embrace a little child

Before it is too late

Or save an older person from

The horror of that fate.

Enable me to be alert and

Hear the weakest shout

And quickly and efficiently

To put the fire out.

I want to fill my calling and

To give the best in me,

To guard my every neighbor and

Protect his property.

And if according to my fate

I am to lose my life,

Please bless with your

protecting hand

My children and my wife.