Roy Nix

Roy Nix was a native of Carbon Hill, Alabama and firefighter with the Talladega Fire Department for 6 years, he had joined the Eastaboga Airport as a firemen in 1942 and later transferred to the Brecon Defense Plant. Prior to joining the Talladega Fire Department, he was a private Sawmiller. Firefighter Nix was overcome by intense heat and blaze at a fire on 17th St in Talladega and died at the scene from an apparent heart attack. Ro Nix is survived by his widow, Ms Hazel Nix, Son Charles K Nix, Daughter Jean Trawick, a grandson and six brothers.

Jonathan W. Burgess

Jonathan W. Burgess

Jonathan W. Burgess was born July 23, 1979 and raised on a small farm in south Alabama. Jonathan was taught about Jesus, work ethic, and being a good southern man at a young age.

Jonathan loved God, and he loved people. The life he lived so proudly is a true testament to that. He was constantly either talking with an old family friend at a local restaurant or to a stranger. He was the man who always, without question, would go the extra mile for anyone who needed his helping hand, regardless of the task. He was known to stop to help strangers on the roadside change a tire, eagerly pull over to assist with a vehicle accident prior to local first responders’ arrival, and help the ones in his community with jumping vehicle batteries off.

Jonathan was a longtime member of a local, southern church where he would serve wherever needed. It was at this church that he married his wife and where he was laid to rest on January 8, 2013.

Countless hours were spent with his father, Tommie, working on antique tractors, specifically John Deere tractors, restoring and showing them proudly. He loved his mother, Martha, more so than most any other human in the world. He was his sister, April’s, protector and accepted this job with the utmost importance. His nieces, Kaylie, Anslie, Cuba, and Shayna, made his world spin around. He believed firmly in the foundation of family.

Jonathan married his wife, Carrie Lou, in November of 2010. They were married slightly over two years before he was called home to Heaven. To ask her, she was his purpose in life. To say they were completely smitten with each other would be an understatement. He loved her so well.

He joined Opp Fire Department in his small hometown as a volunteer in June of 1999. He later joined the department full-time as a career firefighter in January of 2006. He was born to be a firefighter and eagerly gave his entire heart to the community he served. One of his favorite aspects of his job was teaching the children of the community about fire safety. He was a big kid at heart with an even bigger heart. He also joined South Alabama Regional Airport Fire Department part-time, which he assisted in turning into a full-time career department. Jonathan was highly certified and trained within his career, constantly looking for opportunities to grow in knowledge and experience. At the time of his death, he was ranked as a captain with Opp Fire Department.

His legacy continues to live on through the ones who loved him and will continue forevermore. I carry your heart with me; I carry it in my heart.

Brenden Alexander Pierce

Brenden Alexander Pierce

Brenden Alexander Pierce was a second-generation firefighter who was raised at a fire station. He began taking classes toward his dream as a senior in high school. He began volunteering for Allgood Volunteer Fire Department to do anything that was needed and remained until his death. He was a cadet in Blount County Fire & EMS Association’s Junior Fire Academy, then graduated on to help teach others in the following years. He then began volunteering for Palmerdale Fire District and later became a paid firefighter for the district.

His dream was to follow in his father’s footsteps as a fireman. His father, Allen Pierce, had held the position of chief at both Leeds Fire Department and Palmerdale Fire District. Brenden was quick to smile and help others. He adored his infant nephew, Michael Allen Heflin, and was a loving younger brother to his sister, Alyssa Pierce Heflin, and brother, Jacob Sherbert. He was always there for his family, which includes parents, Allen and Tammy Pierce; grandparents, Wesley and Joyce Walker; aunts and uncles, Tony Pierce, Jeanette and Bill Owens, Laural and Donald Berryhill, Karen and Charles Newman, LaDon and Marilyn Beasley, and Terry Beasley, and cousins, Emily Owens and Dale Berryhill. Since his death, a very special niece, Ava Grace Heflin, has been added. He would have adored her as well.

Brenden was preceded in death by his mother, Leisl Walker Pierce, and grandparents, Gail and Lucius(Bill) Pierce.

Brenden’s death at age 21, as tragic as it was, proved to continue his legacy as a hero. Brenden’s organs were donated, and numerous people gained a new lease on life due to his sacrifice. This is his legacy, John 15:13, Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

Billy Anderson

Chief Billy Anderson worked for the Talladega Fire Department 13 years, where he held the rank of chief for the final two years of his service. Chief Anderson was on the scene of a structure fire on February 18, 1974 where he was actively leading fire suppression efforts of his department. Chief Anderson climbed a ladder and entered a second story window of the structure to assist his firefighters. While inside the structure, Chief Anderson was overcome by smoke. Firefighters carried him to the ground where life-saving measures were initiated. He was transported to the local hospital where efforts continued, but were unsuccessful. Chief Anderson was 41 when he died in the line of duty.

Michael W. Johnston

Michael W. Johnston

Michael Johnston lost his life in the line of duty when he lost control of the water tanker truck he was driving while answering a call for a brush fire on October 18, 2019. Michael Johnston was a volunteer firefighter with the Equality Volunteer Fire Department. He lost his life serving the residents of Coosa County.

Born March 31, 1974, in Tallassee, Alabama, Michael learned very early how hard work and dedication would pay off. Michael was a very hard worker, and in high school he was a star athlete in football. Michael never met a stranger and was liked by everyone in high school.

Michael left behind children and a wife he adored. Michael had three sons and two stepdaughters. He also had a niece that he loved and treated like his own daughter due to her mother passing away five years ago. Michael was a diesel mechanic by trade and very talented with his hands; he could build anything. Michael was a good, down to earth, simple man. He loved his family. Michael loved to cook and loved having family get togethers. Michael always tried to help anyone he could, and he died trying to help his community.

Jared Wayne Echols

Jared Wayne Echols

Jared Echols was a lifelong resident in the small town of Springville, Alabama. He was a graduate of Springville High School, playing football throughout his high school career. Following high school, he enrolled in college at Jefferson State Community College while working in the construction field. Jared continued working in construction after graduating from Jefferson State. In 2010, Jared married his wife, Melissa, and the couple welcomed their first daughter, Hailey, in 2013. Settling his new and growing family close to the home where he grew up, Jared began to explore a new career path rooted in his longstanding commitment to serving his community. Jared joined the Pleasant Hill Volunteer Fire Department, rising to the rank of assistant fire chief. He enrolled at Herzing University, earning a degree and paramedic certification in 2015.

In 2016, he began running his own construction company, specializing in custom doors. In 2017, Jared celebrated the birth of his second daughter, Mallory. He was also named 2017 Pleasant Hill Volunteer Fireman of the Year. Throughout the growth of his family and his business, Jared continued his fire service training, completing multiple training courses, including the Alabama Certified Volunteer Firefighter Course and Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations Course.

In January 2019, he was hired by the Springville Fire Department, where he was able to fulfill his desire to serve community he had grown up in. His next and last training was the Fire Fighter Recruit Course, where he collapsed during a training exercise.

Jared truly had a servant’s heart. He loved his family with all his heart, served the Lord fervently, and had a passion for helping others. He was a hard worker and always gave 110%. He was compassionate, loving, and the most dependable person. He left behind his grandparents, parents, brother, wife, two daughters, and five nieces/nephews. He will be forever missed by these loved ones and many more whose lives he touched.

 

Eddie P. Harris

Eddie P. Harris

Fire Chief Eddie P. Harris, age 47, of the North Courtland Volunteer Fire Department, died on April 21, 2017, after becoming ill during training.

Christopher Lane Foster

Christopher Lane Foster

Lieutenant Christopher Lane Foster, age 54, of the Demopolis Fire & Rescue Department, died of a heart attack on March 23, 2017, after responding to an accident.

Tracy L. Sanders

Tracy L. Sanders

Fire Chief Tracy L. Sanders, age 44, of the Mount Olive Volunteer Fire Department, died on January 13, 2017, from injuries sustained when the department vehicle she was driving was involved in an accident.

Clint Hardemon

Clint Hardemon

Lieutenant Clint Hardemon, age 58, of the West Blocton Volunteer Fire Department, suffered a heart attack and died on August 13, 2017, several hours after responding to a residential structure fire.