Lance Norwood passed away on September 14, 2019. He was a remarkable man of faith and courage. Lance lived a life devoted to helping others, serving 35 years in the fire service.
Lance developed a passion for helping others early in life, which led him to volunteer for a local fire department at age 16. After graduating high school, he attended TEEX Fire Academy. In the fall of 1985, he began his professional career with Mineral Wells Fire Department. He continued his education to obtain his EMT license and paramedic certification.
In September 1990, he joined College Station Fire Department, where he served as a firefighter/paramedic most of his career. He attended TEEX Police Academy in August of 2014 and graduated in December as a peace officer. He continued his career with CSFD, serving as a deputy fire marshal, where he was involved in many high-profile fire investigations.
Lance was the type of firefighter/paramedic that any citizen would want to respond to their emergency. His passion was taking care of patients. Around the department, he loved being the center of attention and loved playing jokes on firefighters. He also had a sensitive side and, as a deputy fire marshal, was able to talk to and put residents at ease after a fire. He enjoyed serving, helping, and making a difference in his community as a public servant.
Lance was completely devoted to his family. He met his wife, Rose, when he was dispatched to a car accident. He pulled her out of the vehicle and knew right then that he had met the love of his life. The greatest day he experienced was when he married her. On that day, he truly became complete. Lance is described as a caring, fun, and loving individual. He had a great sense of humor, an outgoing personality and, most of all, the ability to live life to the fullest.
Lance has two sons, Lance Jr. and Hunter. One highlight was getting to sail on the USS Ronald Reagan before Lance Jr. departed the Navy. Another proud moment was watching Hunter graduate from high school as an honor graduate; he is currently pursuing a career in nursing.
Lance’s hobbies included classic cars, Harley Davidson motorcycles, hunting, watching football, camping at the river with his firemen friends, and refurbishing firearms. His favorite movie characters were Mickey Mouse and Batman.
Lance’s life was cut short, but his family and friends hold on to the memories they have of him and relish the time spent with him. Everyone that knew him lost a part of themselves, but the moments that he gave them will live on forever in their hearts. He is greatly missed.