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National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

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Age: 50
Year of Death: 2003

Samuel Lee Green

Submitted by his wife

Sam was a dedicated friend to his fellow firefighter‚ a beloved father‚ and adored by his wife. Sam died July 21‚ 2003‚ while during an overtime day at County Station 63. Sam was 50 years old at the time of this death.

Sam was born in Henning‚ Tennessee‚ where he was the 11th child of 12 children born to the late Pauline and Joe Green.

Sam was a Private with the Shelby County Fire Department for 23 years and planned to retire in two more years. During his tenure he was awarded numerous service awards. He was a faithful contributor to United Way Charities. Sam was a dedicated and loyal fire fighter who loved his job and co-workers. On May‚ 13‚ 2004‚ which was Sam birthday‚ a Pumper Dedication Ceremony was held at County Station 64 in Millington‚ Tennessee. This was where Sam first started his employment as a Shelby County Firefighter. At this ceremony a pumper was dedicated in his name.

Sam was the first Shelby County Firefighter to died while on duty. Sam really loved fire fighting and this pumper was dedicated in his memory and it was said that everytime a fire call comes to Station 64‚ he will roll out with the other fire fighter. There was also a memory book signed by some of his fellow firefighters and I would like to quote some of the comments. One firefighter said‚ ‘Sam was a real joy to work with. I came through fire school with Sam and worked with him for many years‚ he was always a joy to work with. I miss him.’ Another fire fighter says‚ ‘Sam lives on!’

There was also a Certificate of Appreciation presented in recognition of a career of dedication and services to the Shelby County Fire Department for 23 years of services by the Shelby County Mayor‚ A. C. Wharton‚ Jr.

Sam loved his family and he was admired by his beloved wife‚ Margie‚ his adoring daughters‚ Spanisha and Jessica‚ his stepdaughter‚ Kimberly Leggins‚ his stepson‚ Kenneth (Wanda) Dalton‚ his grandchildren‚ Diamond‚ Kierra‚ Martavius‚ Kenneth‚ Jr.‚ KenTesha and Kenya‚ his sisters‚ Louise‚ (Jessie) Halliburton‚ Geraldine (Spencer) Morgan‚ Mary M. Johnson‚ Josie (John L.) Walker‚ Diane Green‚ Rosie Mae (Levi) Morgan‚ Frankie B. Gwynne‚ and his one brother Joe Green‚ Jr. His sister -in-laws‚ Janice (Irwin) Guada and Annie Mccoy‚ one brother-in-law‚ Robert (Rosie) McCoy. Samuel L. Green will be greatly missed by his family‚ friends‚ and fellow fire fighter.

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  1. I stop by to honor you today, Sam. Thank you for your bravery and willingness to help make the world a better place. You will never be forgotten!

    Sister of Kenney Nickell, LODD, 4/6/99, KY

    – Starla Taylor