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Monday, October 10, 2005

Pruitt "P.T." Thompson

Pruitt "P.T." Thompson

Published in The Birmingham News

THOMPSON, PRUITT "P.T.", age 70, of Bessemer, passed away on October 5, 2005. A graduate of McAdory High School, P.T. retired from the Bessemer Fire Department after 41 years of service, and also from Western Auto. Throughout his life, Mr. Thompson was community minded. Some of his past positions and accomplishments include: Recipient of the Jim Clinton Award as the Alabama Firefighter of the Year in 1988; former Board Member of the YMCA in Bessemer and Y-Wood Field, served as an official in many High School sports, including basketball, and baseball; official with the Dixie Youth Baseball at Roosevelt Park; Inductee to the Alabama Softball Hall of Fame; Past President of Greater Birmingham Bowler's Association; sang with the Bessemer (now Alabama) Civic Chorale. He will be remembered for his great spirit and as a terrific practical joker.

A special thank you goes out to Chief Ryan for sharing the photos he took from the funeral procession. Chief Ryan tells me that Pruitt was also Vice Chairman on the Eastern Valley Vol. Fire and Rescue Board and was his pump operator on Engine 501.

A few of the videos on the front page feature Pruitt. This video is one of them. Donald, my partner in Bessemer, and I had just gotten back to Bessemer after an early morning run that had required us to take a lady to Cooper Green. Just as we got back, Bessemer had an apartment fire. In the video you can see Pruitt watching over his men.

Bessemer Apartment Fire

Donald and I used to always talk about how Pruitt loved to call LifeSaver. Anytime we ran with Bessemer and had something bad, we all knew that all we had to do was look at Pruitt and tell him we needed LifeSaver. He would spring into action... "Car 10 to Headquarters, get me LifeSaver, 154.250 (Bessemer Fire's Frequency). Before we knew it, LifeSaver would be over-head and Pruitt was out there waiting for them.

I knew Pruitt for many years and he was a good man.

Again, thank you Chief Ryan for the pictures!


At 3/15/2006 11:05:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pruitt was like a grandad to me and the firefighters at Eastern Valley we miss him everyday. He has been missed at every fire scene and that snaggled grin. We plan on dedicating our new building to him. There will be a fire plug outside the building in his memory.


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