David Devin took pride in his work and will be remembered for his commitment to help friends in any way possible.
Devin, a longtime member of the Sardis City Volunteer Fire Department, was laid to rest Monday, Jan. 18, with his fellow members of the VFD providing an escort fitting his dedication.
“We lost David Devin this morning to his battle with cancer,” Sardis City Fire Chief Johnny Crosson said in a Facebook post last Wednesday. “He was a hard worker and was a wonderful friend to many and was always there to lend a hand for whatever needed doing for the fire department and his community.
“Please keep his wife, children, mom and other family members in your prayers in the coming days and weeks. His fellow firefighters need your prayers also.”
Devin – dubbed ‘Big Dave’ by Crosson – was always there when needed, Crosson said Friday.
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The Chilton County Volunteer Firefighter’s Association handed out several honors during its annual banquet on Jan. 15, including its firefighter and paramedic of the year.
Lynn Gothard was named the association’s firefighter of the year, which was an honor handed out in memoriam of Gothard, who died in 2019 after years of service.
Gothard was a fixture at West Chilton Volunteer Fire Department for decades since he first began taking calls with his grandfather Howard Gothard in 1978. He was known as “Uncle Leonard” by his fellow firefighters.
“The ones that knew him knew that he had a servant’s heart,” said Christy Holcombe, who worked with Gothard at West Chilton Fire Department.
That was evident in the way Gothard also spent time volunteering with the Jemison Fire Department and with the Jemison Police Department. However, he is best known for his time at West Chilton, where he spent 41 years, including time as chief of the station.
Alexander City firefighters are heroes in the eyes of one family. It was a daring rescue and literally a situation where every second counted.
The call came in shortly after 7 p.m. Wednesday. A home on fire on I Street, fully involved with reports of not one but three people trapped inside, a grandmother and her two grandchildren ages 1 and 4.
“I went in that direction and found the infant,” said veteran firefighter Bud Acton.
It fell to Acton to summon the courage to rescue them from a blazing furnace.
“You don’t think about being tired,” he said.
Through dense smoke and flames all around him, Acton managed to pull all three to safety, handing out the babies through the window and crawling out with the grandmother.
“And I got her under her arms and started crawling backyards down on the floor dragging her out. Fear never entered my mind,” he said.
WSFA-TV NBC 12 Montgomery
PHOTO: The Pelham Fire Department has contained an active brush fire Friday evening.
The fire has burned an acre of land as of 5:30 p.m. in the 2500 block of Pelham Parkway. PFD says 100% of the fire has been contained as of 6:40 p.m.
According to PFD, four engine companies are currently working on the fire and have requested help from the Alabama Forestry Commission.
No other information has been released at this time.
WIAT-TV CBS 42 Birmingham
If you’re inclined to smoke allergies, you may want to call Lakepoint State Park before heading there for a camping, fishing or hunting trip over the next several months. Two prescribed burns are planned to take place on park lands sometime between Tuesday, January 19 and March 2021, weather permitting.
The first planned burn will take place in an area of recently planted longleaf pine located near the campground. The second burn will take place in an area adjacent to the lodge and cabins. The parks division says efforts will be made to ensure safety and proper smoke management during the burns, and the project is permitted by the Alabama Forestry Commission. Prescribed fire is an effective way to reduce wildfire risk, getting rid of dry undergrowth with a low “cold” fire that’s typically set on a calm, cool morning. The flames stay low and travel slowly, getting rid of undergrowth and excessive sprouting trees while giving wildlife plenty of time to move away ahead of it.