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    DEBBIE SCHNEIDER | HOOD COUNTY NEWS TOP FIREFIGHTERS: Firefighters of the Year from Hood County fi re stations are (from left) Blake Wooten, DeCordova; Mike Jackson, Granbury; Sherry Ames, accepting a special award in memory of late husband/Granbury fi re

Firefighters share touching stories

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

He couldn’t save their house but found something invaluable.

Fire Marshal Ray Wilson shared a heartwarming story Saturday morning at the National Firefighters Day celebration at Jim Burks Firefighters Memorial Park.

Wilson was investigating a fire that destroyed a house, but the residents were able to escape. He was searching through the ash when he found a small box.

“I thought it was pretty special,” he said.

The family was joyful the box was saved. It contained the cremated remains of a family member.

In another touching tribute, Brent Blackmon of Station 1 recalled a time early in his work as a firefighter.

Blackmon said he and a rookie firefighter once entered a structure to get to the source of the fire.

“We were making our way through the building when he noticed a small fire off to the side in the building. If he had not pointed it out, we might not be here today,” Blackmon said.

Top firefighters were recognized from the nine volunteer fire departments in Hood County:

Indian Harbor: Sean Mc-Nicholas

Pecan Plantation: Bill Vogler

DeCordova: Blake Wooten

Station 70: Matt Jackson

Granbury: Mike Jackson

Lipan: Nelson Ogle

Cresson: Bob Cornett

Tolar: Brian Gall

North Hood County: Justin Miller

Each was given a certificate of honor, gift certificate and hero shirt.

In a tradition to recognize a special member of the firefighting community, Sherry Ames received a flag in honor of her husband, longtime firefighter Poggie Ames, now deceased. The flag was flown at Firefighters Park over the past year.

Kids attending the program were excited to receive firefighter helmets and tour firefighting equipment staged at the park.

The program was presented by Friends of Memorial Lane.

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