Tommy L. Adams

Tommy L. Adams

Tommy Adams was born January 21‚ 1957‚ in Shreveport‚ Louisiana. A 1975 graduate of Fair Park High School‚ he attended Northeast Louisiana University until 1977‚ when he received the call from Shreveport Fire Department. Tommy became a member of the Shreveport Fire Department family on July 18‚ 1977‚ and began his career of 32 years at Station 15.

Tommy became one of the first paramedics in northwest Louisiana in 1985. He was promoted to fire medic officer in January 1988 and spent this part of his career as a medic officer on Medic 10‚ Station 10‚ at Line and Oneonta Street. In July 1994‚ Tommy was appointed to the position of emergency medical supervisor for C-shift and stationed downtown at Central Fire Station. Tommy spent the next 13 years in the role of EMS supervisor.

Throughout his career‚ Tommy received numerous awards and accommodations‚ including the first Medical Director’s Award for outstanding service‚ dedication‚ and professionalism in the field of paramedicine in 1996‚ given by Doctor Ronald Lambert. Tommy was also the recipient of Outstanding Officer of the Year in 2002. In 1998‚ under the direction of Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran‚ the city added a 2nd EMS supervisor position‚ and Tommy was asked to establish this position at Station 19‚ which he did. Tommy remained at Station 19‚ Car 83 EMS Supervisor until January 2007‚ when he was promoted to battalion chief.

Tommy became a flight crew member of Schumpert Medical Centers‚ Life Air One in 1989. Tommy flew as a flight paramedic with Life Air One and became a charter crew member of Life Air Rescue in January 1994. Tommy continued to work as a flight paramedic from 1994 until his injury‚ making his total career in flight/air rescue services 19 years. Tommy loved his crew and flight partners and enjoyed every day that he was a part of the Life Air Rescue family. He will be missed.

The world was a better place for having Tommy Adams as a part of it. Tommy was known for his gentle spirit‚ loving nature‚ infectious laugh‚ corny jokes and‚ of course‚ a smile that lit up a room. Tommy’s dedication to his roles with both Shreveport Fire Department and Life Air Rescue defined professionalism‚ ethics‚ and quality unlike any before him and few after him. Tommy loved to help others. He loved being a paramedic‚ and it showed in every scene he responded to‚ every class he taught‚ every young firefighter he mentored‚ and every patient he touched. Tommy Lee Adams was in a class by himself. The loss of his presence will be felt throughout this city.

He is survived by his wife‚ Traci Lee Adams‚ and children‚ Jordan and Kristen Adams.

Frankie P. Nelson

Frankie P. Nelson

Frankie Paul Nelson was born September 7‚ 1957‚ to Frank Jr. and Cora Nelson in Arcadia‚ Louisiana. After relocating to Shreveport‚ he was educated in the public schools of Caddo Parish‚ where he excelled in athletics‚ especially track and field. He was offered full scholarships to various universities across the nation for his outstanding athletic abilities‚ as well as his outstanding academic performance. Louisiana Tech in Ruston‚ Louisiana‚ was his choice for higher education because he wanted to be close to home.

While attending Louisiana Tech he excelled academically as well as earning accolades in track and football. In 1980‚ he earned the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism. After graduation he signed with the NFL’s Houston Oilers as a defensive back and a kick-off punt returner‚ but an injury soon brought his professional career to an end.

Frankie worked for the local CBS‚ ABC‚ and NBC affiliates as a weekend news producer and cameraman before beginning his illustrious career as a firefighter. On August 3‚ 1981‚ Frankie joined the Shreveport Fire Department. Ten years later he became a Driver‚ and seven years later he was promoted to Captain. During his tenure‚ Frankie served the Shreveport Fire Department as an Emergency Medical Technician and a Battalion Safety Officer. Throughout his career as a Professional Firefighter‚ he received many awards and recognitions‚ but the one that meant the most came from a small church in the district he served‚ naming him a community hero. Frankie always cherished that honor and said in his acceptance speech that‚ this is the nicest thing anyone has ever done for me.

In 1989‚ he married his wife‚ Rosalind‚ and to this union three children were born‚ Suzanne‚ Franklin‚ and Frederic. Frankie was scheduled to officially retire March 10‚ 2010‚ after 28 years of service. Frankie was always larger than life‚ and his jovial personality will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Percy R. Johnson

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