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National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

Roll of Honor

Age: 45
Year of Death: 2004

Robert Dean Heighton

Submitted by his wife

Beloved husband of Laurie‚ caring father of daughters Samantha and Olivia. Cherished brother of Jeannie‚ Jim‚ Wayne and Richard.

Born on the Gulf Coast of southern Alabama‚ Robert had been a resident of Gulf Breeze‚ Fla for the past 16 years. He was baptized as an ordained minister‚ one of Jehovah’s Witnesses in 1991. He regularly shared his knowledge of the Bible and God’s promises for the future‚ with others.

Laurie and Robert began dating after getting to know each other while they worked together at the county ambulance station. February 13‚ 1991 they were married. Their daughter Samantha was born in 1995 and Olivia followed in 1998.

Quick witted‚ famous for his one liners‚ his sense of humor and infectious laughter brightened our days. He was a hands-on kind of guy and a loving father to his two girls. He was an attentive and devoted husband to Laurie. Together they were raising their children to love and serve Jehovah God.

Robert was very thoughtful and helpful with his family‚ friends‚ neighbors‚ and coworkers. Whenever he saw a way to assist he didn’t hesitate‚ he just jumped right in and got involved.

He had 24 years experience in the Emergency Medical Field‚ the last two years as a firefighter/paramedic with South Walton Fire Department. Robert was a conscientious and selfless worker at his chosen vocation. His work as fireman/paramedic gave him the opportunity to show his compassionate nature and concern for others in need of help. He also had a great mutual respect for all of his brother firefighters and those in the medical community.

Robert’s AirHeart 1 Helicopter went down on 10/20/04 while responding to a call. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him and by the community he served. We are comforted by the knowledge that he is in the loving memory of his God‚ Jehovah and will be reunited with us in the future.

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  1. Robert was a good friend. No one he came in contact with could ever say anything else. I miss him dearly, as the 20th nears, I can’t help but feel the pain of his loss again.I hope Laurie and the girls are doing well. I hope them the best, and all my thoughts are with them always.

    – Robert Daniel
  2. I hope to see you in heaven so we can talk again. I am sorry and you will be missed terribly!

    – Jen Youngblood
  3. ROBERT WAS MY YOUNGEST BROTHER. I MISS HIM SO MUCH BUT I am glad I have developed a relationship with my 2 nieces.

    – Marilyn J DeForest