Submitted by his Wife
Bradley Wm. ‘Wally’ Green
Monroe Township (Cowan) Volunteer Fire Department-Indiana
Rank: Firefighter & Grant Writer
Date of Death: May 25‚ 2007
Wally spent his life helping people and making them laugh. He did not hesitate to jump in and help family‚ friends‚ and co-workers. Most were unaware of how much Wally enjoyed helping and was a major part of his life. Everyone remembers the stories Wally told and the funny things he did to this day.
During his career with United Parcel Service‚ Wally often assisted customers‚ police‚ and strangers on his route. Wally is remembered because he cared and was involved in their neighborhood. After driving 25 years‚ Wally served 3 years on the Comprehensive Health & Safety Process (CHSP) Team.
Wally enjoyed many hobbies and interests: scuba diving‚ hunting‚ photography‚ trap shooting‚ white water rafting‚ cooking on the grill‚ and horse back riding. He was an active 30-year member of the Monroe Township Conservation Club.
Upon his retirement from UPS in 2003‚ Wally became more involved with the Cowan Fire Department and Monroe Conservation Club‚ actively participating in fund raising and increasing community awareness. He offered his time and equipment helping neighbors‚ friends‚ and organizations to ‘do what needed to be done’. Wally and his wife‚ Salli‚ raised horses and on their farm grew hay and crops.
Becoming a Cowan Volunteer Fireman‚ 10 years ago‚ was a ‘life dream’ for him. Wally received NIMS First Responder Operations and Awareness Certifications. He submitted grant requests‚ wrote FEMA Grant requests‚ collected donations‚ participated in training sessions‚ and attended Board meetings. Wally was instrumental in obtaining a thermal imaging scanner and the specification development for the new 2007 Ferrara Fire Truck.
Wally was named ‘Fireman of the Year’ in 2005 and 2006.
Three hours after attending a highway accident involving rescue/extrication of an overturned semi-tractor truck‚ Wally suffered a fatal cardiac arrest on May 25‚ 2007.
Posthumously‚ the Monroe Township Volunteer Fire Department received the 2007 AFG Award from FEMA for $151‚715.00 on February 15‚ 2008. Memorial donations provided the Department ‘dress uniforms’. Fire Chief Jay Carter often reflects: that Wally’s humor is missed and his efforts continue helping the Department.
Wally was an organ‚ tissue‚ and bone marrow donor. Wally’s pledge was fulfilled; bone and tissue donations gave ‘the gift of life’ for many recipients.
Wally‚ who had a laugh that warmed your heart‚ is survived by his wife‚ Salli. He also leaves behind many family members and friends.