Submitted by his Sister
Kevin Glenn Williams
Noonday Volunteer Fire Department – Texas
Date of Death: August 3‚ 2007
It took a year to get Kevin to attend a meeting at the Noonday Volunteer Fire Department. After one meeting‚ Kevin knew fire fighting was his calling. Kevin joined the fire department in January of 2006 and was voted Rookie of the Year. In 2007‚ he made Captain. He was so proud and honored to be given this responsibility. He had found his niche and liked helping those in crisis.
On August 3‚ 2007‚ Kevin responded to a house fire. Once the fire was extinguished‚ Kevin and his partner and friend‚ Austin Cheek‚ entered the home to put out the ‘hot spots.’ A routine procedure became a disaster when an unexpected flashover occurred taking the lives of our Kevin and Austin.
Kevin was the father of two children. His son‚ LCpl Schyler Williams‚ is a United States Marine currently serving his second tour of duty in Iraq. His daughter‚ Amanda‚ is a freshman in college pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice. His four-footed third child‚ Lucky Dog‚ currently resides with me. Kevin also left behind his mom and dad‚ two older brothers‚ and me – his younger sister. In addition to his family‚ he left behind many‚ many‚ friends and loved ones. Kevin had a strong faith in God and currently resides with his Heavenly Father.
Kevin is best remembered for his eagerness and enthusiasm when responding to a call. His adrenaline always caused him to pass right by the fire department; he was often observed hitting the brakes‚ throwing the truck into reverse and backing up to the fire department driveway. He was also known for his perpetual singing and humming. His happiness was contagious to all those around him. He worked many hours at the fire department on fund-raisers such as building the annual Haunted House as well as setting up for the NVFD Open House. He was always outside during the Open House letting children hold the fire hose and he demonstrated the use of the Jaws of Life for those in attendance. Kevin was always eager and willing to help not only at fire station activities but those in need as well. He would quite literally give you the shirt off of his back. That was Kevin. A man of integrity who loved others more than himself – he loved his country‚ having served in Operation Desert Storm in the Air Force‚ his family‚ and most importantly‚ his Lord.
I will never forget the morning my parents came to tell me my brother was gone. I always thought my brother‚ my best friend ever‚ would be here to grow old with me. My father is quoted as saying‚ ‘You never think anything will ever happen to your kid. It never occurred to me that he would go into a fire and never come out.’ Kevin is greatly missed by his family and friends. We are left with our memories and thankfulness to the Lord for the time we had with him and for the many ways he touched each of our lives.