Submitted by his Deputy Chief
November 14‚ 2005 was a sad day for the family of James E. Lafferty Sr. Jim‚ as all knew him‚ answered his final call with the Union City Fire Department. Jim was serving as Fire Police Captain a position that he held with honor and dignity since 1997. He suffered a fatal heart attack while performing his duties at a structure fire.
After serving with the Fire Department earlier in his life he rejoined us on December 3‚ 1980 and was appointed to the Fire Police. Jim served in many positions with them as Captain‚ Lieutenant‚ Treasurer‚ and President.
Jim was awarded Fire Police of the Year twice; once in 1985 and again in 1993. In 2004 those who served in the Fire Police under Jim’s command presented him a special appreciation award.
In August of 2005‚ Jim was instrumental in the purchase of a Fire Police Response Unit (1149) that the Union City Fire Police could call their own. Jim was very proud of this accomplishment. At the time of his death 1149 was dedicated to Jim’s memory.
Jim could always be counted upon to provide a bit of humor. Most importantly‚ he could be counted upon to provide his wisdom and knowledge. Sometimes‚ he also played the role of peacemaker when tempers would flare up.
Jim served 14 years as the President of the Chamber of Commerce along with retail chairman for several years. He chaired many of the Chamber of Commerce’s activities. Jim served for 3 decades on the Union City Alumni Association and was Chairman of the parade for many years and was honored as the Grand Marshall. Jim served 25 years in the Lions International holding most of the offices. In 1989 he earned the Lion’s Club Citizen of the Year. He served as District Governor from 1994-1995. In 2001 he earned a prestigious award from the Lion’s Club when he was awarded the International President’s Award.
Most importantly‚ Jim was a devoted husband‚ father‚ and grandfather. Jim could be seen at baseball‚ softball‚ football‚ and basketball games. He also attended wrestling tournaments‚ concerts‚ musicals‚ plays‚ and horse shows. Jim was truly devoted to his family.
Jim you are sadly missed by your family‚ and your brothers and sisters of the Union City Fire Department.