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National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

Roll of Honor

Technical Sergeant
Age: 28
Year of Death: 1986

William Conrad Hartsell

TSgt William (Bill) Conrad Hartsell was born on July 1‚ 1957 in Reedsville‚ West Virginia. He went home to the Lord on April 7‚ 1986‚ while serving as a firefighter in the United States Air Force‚ stationed at Nellis Air Force Base. He is survived by his wife Isabel Hartsell; two daughters Christina Drake and Elizabeth Hartsell; a brother David Hartsell; and his mother Alice Hartsell. Bill’s legacy continues on through his grandson‚ Noah Drake.

Bill was an honor roll student at Valley High School‚ where he graduated in 1975. He enlisted in the Air Force immediately following graduation. Bill received a degree in Fire Science from the Air Force Academy during his time in service. During his time at Valley High School and with the Air Force‚ he was an ardent fan of football and baseball‚ and was always involved in some form with one of the two.

Bill was best characterized by those who knew him as the guy who would lend a helping hand whenever he could. As a child and teenager‚ Bill would offer to carry groceries and take out fire ashes for his elderly neighbors. As a teenager‚ he would offer to tutor other kids in his high school to help them make better grades. After Bill joined the service‚ he would volunteer to work with handicapped children in his free time. It was no surprise that a man with such a big heart would choose to serve his country‚ especially as a firefighter‚ ready to help those urgently in need.

We thank God for the opportunity‚ though short‚ to have known such an amazing man. Bill accepted Jesus into his heart when he was jut nine years old. We put our trust in Jesus that we will see Bill again.

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  1. I am proud to say I served next to this man in 70s. We had become good friends to the point that I would go home with him on Kelly days. What a wonderful family he had in Readsville. As our military careers took us to different places we lost touch.
    I did not know about his death till years later. I regreat never meeting his wife and children. As my life goes on I will always remember My Friend, Fellow Firefighter, and one of Best Men I have ever known.

    – Paul Marucci
  2. Rest In Peace my brother! You live in my heart forever. Thank you for your service and ultimate sacrifice!

    – Jose M. Torres
  3. It was an honor to be an escort for your family at the NFFF Memorial

    – Joe M.
  4. He was my friend. My Brother in Arms. I can still remember the trip we took to his Parents house.
    When i had no where else to turn. Hartsell as we knew him was always there.
    I did not know about his death until a few years after it happened. Every Memorial Day when I fly Our Flag.
    Thats for all. But especially for Hartsell.
    I never had a chance to meet His Wife or any of His Daughters.
    I salute you old Friend….

    – Paul Marucci
  5. Was an honor to serve with Bill!

    – Bob Wynn