Submitted by his Department
Felix Maurice Roberts was born on August 21‚ 1965 at Womack Army Hospital in Fort Bragg‚ North Carolina. The son of Cleveland and Charlie Mae Roberts‚ Felix grew up in Tampa‚ Florida where he enjoyed playing high school sports.
Shortly after his graduation from Hillsborough High School in Tampa‚ Felix enlisted in the United States Army serving during Operation Desert Storm. While in the military‚ Felix attained the rank of Specialist E-4 and earned a number of medals including one for Good Conduct and three Bronze Stars.
On February 17‚ 1999 Felix fulfilled a long-time ambition of becoming a firefighter and joined the Fulton County Fire Department in Atlanta‚ Georgia. From that moment on‚ his commitment to the fire service and that as a public servant never wavered. In May 2002‚ Felix was promoted to the rank of Firefighter II; he worked hard and he trained hard receiving certifications as a Hazardous Materials Technician‚ Rope Rescue Technician‚ Wildland Firefighter‚ Airport Firefighter‚ Driver/Operator‚ and Emergency Medical Technician.
On May 28‚ 2007 (Memorial Day) Firefighter Roberts lost his life while engaged in the search and rescue of a trapped victim in a heavily involved structure fire. If there was any consolation to this tragedy‚ it was in knowing that at the time of his death‚ Felix was doing exactly what he truly loved. He was determined‚ loyal‚ kind‚ compassionate and very giving of himself. A co-worker described Felix as ‘the type of person that always wore a smile and never talked down to anyone. When somebody dies some nice things said about them might not always be true‚ but any nice thing said about Felix would be true.’
Like so many others‚ Felix unselfishly placed his own life at risk for the benefit of others. He is survived by his loving mother‚ one sister‚ four brothers‚ a host of relatives‚ and his Fulton County Fire Department family.
Felix will forever be in the hearts and memories of all those he has touched. Good-bye our brother.