Morris Wayne Bridges was born February 28, 1972, in Dallas, Texas, to Morris and Sharon Bridges. He had two sisters, Melinda Hager of Olean, Missouri, who was very close to Morris, more like his best friend, and Louise Mills of Bristol, Texas.
Morris, age 41, of West, Texas, passed away April 17, 2013, while providing the ultimate sacrifice for the community of West. Morris attended schools in Dallas and graduated from Bruceville-Eddy High School in 1990. He later became a pipefitter for Action Fire Pro in Waxahachie, Texas. He had been a volunteer firefighter for two years.
Morris was kindhearted and loved by everyone in the community. He loved riding motorcycles, fishing, camping, and most of all he adored the smile and love of his two-year-old son, Jaimeson. He loved to hear him giggle. He also had two teenage children, Brittany and Brent.
Morris had many achievements. One he was very proud of was receiving his bachelor’s degree from Penn State. He leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Carmen Bridges, whom he met in high school. They reunited during the planning of their 20-year high school reunion and married. Jaimeson Ayden Bridges born two years later and was two years old when Morris died. When Morris was not volunteering his time to the fire department and his community, all his extra time was spent with Jaimeson. He was a proud new father and very happy to brag about it. Also left to cherish his memory are Brittany Bridges and Brent Bridges, both of West.
When duty calls me, Oh Lord, wherever flames may range,
Give me the strength to save some life whatever be its age.
Help me embrace a little child before it is too late;
Or save an older person from the horror of that fate.
Enable me to be alert, Oh Lord, and guide my every move,
For life is so precious, please don’t let us lose.
I want to fill my calling and to give the best in me
To guard my every neighbor and protect their property.
And if according to Thy will, I must give my life,
Then with Thy protecting hand, My Lord, I pray thee,
Protect my children and my wife.