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Age: 49
Year of Death: 2019

James W. “Jimmy” Ward

James W. “Jimmy” Ward was an amazing man who is loved and missed by many. He had 30+ years in the fire service. In those years, he touched many lives, not only by doing his part as a fireman, but also as a leader in helping the younger firemen. He helped in training them and teaching them along the way. He had numerous certifications such as Firefighter I, II, and III, Arson detection I and II, Principles of Building Construction Non-Combustible-Pilot, Emergency Railroad Incident (ERRI), and different levels of HAZMAT, just to name a few. He not only worked as a firefighter but was also an EMT-B, where he touched other lives as well. He loved helping others and used his time as a firefighter and EMT to show his love for community and those around him.

The one thing most people remember most about him is the way he could make the saddest person laugh within just a few minutes of his presence. He had a way with making people laugh, and you couldn’t help but laugh when he was around. He leaves behind a beautiful daughter who he loved more than anything or anyone. She was his world, and she definitely took after him in making people laugh. He would move mountains for her. She is following in his footsteps by becoming a firefighter herself. He would be beyond proud of her.

Even though he isn’t physically here with us any longer, his love and spirit live on through the many memories of those he loved and who loved him. Little things that happen at home make us aware that he is still here with us always.

He started his career at the age of 14 and finished it at the young age of 49 when he passed in May of 2019. Had things been different, he would have been 50 in December of 2019. There will never be enough words, even if you combined all the languages together, to describe what kind of man and father he was. He was definitely one in a million. He will forever be loved and missed more than could ever be expressed.

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  1. Jimmy was truly one of a kind. He was an amazing father and uncle. The younger firefighters idolized him, he was a hero to them. I’m proud my son looked up to him. He is missed everyday.

    – Jennifer Maynard
  2. Jim was one of a kind. He got me started in the fire service 30 years ago has a Jr firefighter. He is truly missed. Love you, Jim. Miss you bub.

    – Bernard Maynard
  3. He was a true hero and a big brother to me. I miss him so much, he was my protector, my mentor, he gave up his time to teach a lot of people what he knew. He was a loving father and his daughter was his world. He was not selfish, he made everybody laugh you couldn’t help but to love him. I wish I had more time with him but god needed him. May we meet again someday. I love you Jimmy, hopefully you’re with mom and Andrew up there in heaven cutting up and doing what you all do best. Until we meet again, love you my big brother!!!

    – Sharon Cook
  4. Jimmy I appreciate the inspiration and knowledge that you shared with me not only in the fire service but life in general. I miss you coming in the station and saying “Hello Loves” and those who knew Jimmy would understand. I Love you brother and godspeed

    – Chris Hatfield
  5. I new jimmy for years he was like a brother to me a great guy he would give you the shirt off his back at any given time (Always be missed Jimmy)

    – Alfred
  6. He was a great mentor to so many in the fire service he was big brother to me I miss him daily, love you bub.

    – Michael Maynard
  7. Brother Jimmy taught us the do’s and dont’s in his own way, of course always with a laugh and a grin. Taught me alot in the early 90’s alot about our trade, the knowledge he shared not only in the fire service but mechanic skills, and life, glad to had you as a brother and a friend until we meet again we keep it going until our bell rings brother Godspeed

    – Nick Ferrell
  8. I miss you, Jimmy. I can’t do this without you and it’s not the same. You helped hold this family together. I love you and miss you. Going to your funeral was the hardest thing I’ve ever done. Seeing you lying there, I lost it. I can’t do anymore funerals. It’s too hard for me. I love you so very much. You will be missed. I just would give anything to see you one more time. Jimmy say hi to Andy and Mommaw for me please. I can’t wait to see you guys again

    – Brandon Ward