Edna Faye Bishop
- Bon Secour Volunteer Fire Department
- Age: 29
- Year of Death: 2002
Submitted by her husband
Community Services: Firefighter with Bon Secour Fire / Rescue – 2.5 years
Professional Achievements: 06/00 – Received State First Responder Certification 10/00 – Received State Hazardous Materials First Responder Certification 01/02 – Received State Volunteer Firefighter Certification after completing 160 hour training class.
Stories: For as long as I have known Faye‚ she always felt she was put here on earth to help people. From helping with the school PTA‚ serving her community as a firefighter‚ or just lending an ear to someone who needed a friend‚ she was always willing to help.
Faye came on board with the Bon Secour Fire / Rescue a year and a half after I did in August of 1999. She didn’t understand why I found it so gratifying until she went to her 1st brush fire. To be that person in need’s saving grace‚ the one they relied on‚ gave her a sense of importance and meaning to our tiny community. She lived and breathed firefighting. Her love for the fire service reached out to the internet as she maintained the department’s website. She also started an online community for volunteer Firefighters around the world to share information‚ stories‚ and ideas.
To this day‚ the club has over 600 members in 6 continents. To the internet‚ she was known firefighting_lady or ladyfire. To our community‚ she is known as Edna Faye Bishop.
Faye answered her final call April 7th‚ 2002. In years prior‚ we both had discussed a few times‚ if we could choose how we went‚ we wanted to go while firefighting. That unfortunate day came last year and while I wrestled with God and his decision to take this wife & mother of 2 in the prime of her life‚ I then realized‚ Faye went out the best way anyone could‚ a hero. A hero that died doing something to make a difference in all of our lives.
“Dear Mr. Bishop, I just wanted to express my condolences in losing your wife in this horrible tragedy. She died a hero and an inspiration for all. To be a woman in this particular profession I’m sure is difficult, but she obviously succeeded to a great degree and will be missed by all. I would also like to say that you are in my prayers as well and please stay safe in your firefighting profession. I am sure your wife is in heaven looking down at you with much pride and love. Best wishes, Pam Arrant”– Pam Arrant
I sometimes wonder how different my life would have gone with the presence of my mom. I only knew her five years and I don’t remember much. I miss her.– Nathan Bishop
My niece miss her love ya very much rip– mary bates