Submitted by his Family and Department
Paul D. Baker
Turtle Creek Volunteer Fire Department Saline County – Arkansas
Date of Death: August 10‚ 2007
Firefighters have always been a family. Paul married into the fire service. As a young man‚ Paul used to walk‚ hitchhike or ride a bike to see his sweetheart‚ Arla. Arla’s father‚ John Pierce is a longtime member of the Turtle Creek Volunteer Fire Department so Arla had been hanging out at the station for years. Paul started coming around and found he liked the fire service almost as much as he liked Arla‚ so he became a brother to all of Arla’s other brothers there at the fire station.
Paul was an avid outdoorsman and loved adventure. He found great enjoyment working with his hands and was a skilled craftsman with wood and leather. He was very mechanically inclined and could be found most days off from his job as a truck driver for Acme Brick Co. either working on the trucks and equipment at the station or sitting at a table making something with his hands out of leather or wood for one of his many friends.
Paul loved children and was always at the station on Halloween night with the trucks pulled out and a bowl of candy.
Paul was serving in the Arkansas Army National Guard when he met his wife to be. He later served in the U.S. Army and joined the Turtle Creek Fire Department‚ before their marriage on May 19‚ 1986.
Paul fell to his death while working an automobile accident on the Saline River Bridge on Interstate 30. After the driver had been cared for and placed in an ambulance‚ Paul was working to help make the vehicle safe and clear the roadway when he fell to his death over the bridge railing. He leaves behind not only his loving wife and family but all of his Brother and Sister Firefighters who miss him.
Not only did Paul marry into the fire service‚ he helped to populate it. He leaves behind his wife‚ Firefighter/EMT Arla Baker‚ son‚ Firefighter Andy Baker‚ son‚ Firefighter Michael Squeak Mobley‚ daughter‚ Firefighter Stephanie Baker-Fagan‚ and son-in-law Firefighter Roger Fagan. Daughter‚ Gena Baker is not yet old enough to be a firefighter. Neither is his three grandchildren Katelyn‚ Kimberly‚ Anthony and Darrin but they probably will end up helping others just like Paul.