Steward Gandy

Steward Gandy passed away while fighting a house fire on May 6th, 1979.

Gandy, a member of the Collegedale, TN Tri-Community Volunteer Fire Department, was killed after he and other firefighters responded to a blaze at a small frame home on Woodland Drive in Summit around 11:30pm. Firefighters were searching for occupants inside the home when Gandy was heard calling for help. Due to the intense conditions, it took some time to find the distressed firefighter and he was transported by ambulance to Erlanger Medical Center and pronounced dead on arrival.

Steward was a 1977 graduate of Ooltewah High School and was an employee of the Electro-Lite Battery Co.
“Stu” as he was known to his friends, had been a member of the department for less than a year and had not yet completed his rookie training. He was known for being one of the best natured firemen in the department and for helping out with whatever needed to be done.

Robert Stanford

Robert Clyde Stanford, a 24 year-old pre-dental student at Southern Missionary College, died April 15 while answering an alarm with the Tri-Community Volunteer Fire Department to save a burning store and service station in Summit on Lee Highway. Stanford, an experienced electrician, was cutting high tension wires so that the other firemen could fight the blaze when he was electrocuted.

Memorial services were held on the school campus in Collegedale, TN on April 16, 1953. Funeral services were held the following day at the Salem Baptist Church near Tifton, GA. The Collegedale based Tri-Community Volunteer Fire Department firefighters were pallbearers.

Bob was born and reared in Omega, GA, where he also received his high school education. Following his graduation, as valedictorian, from the Omega High School he served for four years in the U.S. Navy as a radar technician. After his release from the service, he worked in the ship yards in Jacksonville, Florida, as an electronic radar and sonar engineer. Bob married Betty Ruth Frazier on February 11, 1951. They moved to Collegedale and he enrolled as a pre-dental student in September of 1952. He worked in the college maintenance department as an electrician while attending classes. Bob and Betty had a son, Michael Terry, born November 29, 1952.

In the minds of his friends there will always remain a picture of Bob’s cheerfulness under all circumstances, his faithfulness in whatever he did, and the supreme unselfishness of his life.