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National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

Roll of Honor

Age: 54
Year of Death: 2021

Malcolm Wayne Arrington

Malcolm Wayne “Mac” Arrington was born in Nashville, Tennessee, on December 12,1966, to the late Jack and Faye Arrington, as their only child. Malcolm grew up and lived his entire life in Joelton, Tennessee, where he attended Morny Elementary, Joelton Middle, and Whites Creek High School, graduating in 1985. After graduation, he worked various jobs, including four years at UPS, until eventually he was hired by the Nashville Fire Department in March of 1990.

In 1990, Malcolm had a life-changing year. He not only began his career as a fireman, but he also married his high school sweetheart, Connie, in September. Two years later they welcomed a daughter, Abbie, into their lives while building their forever home. In 1994, their son Jason was born and completed the family. Malcolm was a loving husband to Connie for 31 years and a wonderful father to his children. In 2017, Malcolm welcomed a son-in-law, Colby, into the family. Though he was not here, in 2022 he gained a daughter-in-law, Kristen, and in 2023, twin grandsons, Beau and Mack.

Malcolm was meticulous in nature, striving for perfection in all he did. He was a simple and selfless man who would lend a helping hand to anyone in need. Malcolm loved working outdoors on warm, sunny days. When he wasn’t at the firehall, he would spend his days mowing grass and building fences for customers. He was a huge lover of NASCAR and Tennessee Volunteer Football, attending many races and games throughout his life. Automobile restoration was a passion of his, handed down from his father. Together they restored a Chevrolet Nova and won best in show multiple times.

Malcolm was a dedicated member of the Nashville Fire Department for 31 years. He began as a firefighter/EMT and worked his way up to an engineer promotion in 2006. Malcolm loved being an engineer and referred to it as the best job in the department. Throughout his time with the department, Malcolm dedicated his life to the citizens of Davidson County and made lasting friendships with his fellow firemen. His colleagues will remember Malcolm for his sense of humor, work ethic, and genuine personality.

Malcolm went to be with our Lord on September 1, 2021. He leaves behind his family and friends who grieve him daily. Malcolm will be remembered as a hardworking man who always put others before himself. There will never be another soul like his. His family has faith that they will be reunited again on the other side.

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  1. Mac will always be remembered he was a great man, mentor and father.

    – Tyler Donaldson
  2. Mac and I went the fire academy together – Class of 90-1 Nashville Fire Department. Miss ya buddy!

    – Mike Doss