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Wednesday, April 25, 2007

CAPT Billy A. Gafford

Birmingham Fire & Rescue

Birmingham Fire & Rescue is mourning the sudden and unexpected loss of Captain Billy A. Gafford. Captain Gafford collapsed today during fit-check and was quickly attended to by coworkers who were standing by on the scene. Unfortunately, their efforts, no matter how hard they tried, would not pay off this time.

Captain Gafford began his career as a Firefighter/Paramedic with Birmingham Fire & Rescue on April 30, 1984.

He was 56 years old and leaves behind a wife and two sons.

Arrangements for Captain Gafford:

Viewing: Saturday, April 28, 2007 from 4:00 – 8:00 PM

Funeral: Sunday, April 29,2007 at 3:00 PM

Westwood Baptist Church
2349 Forestdale Boulevard
Birmingham, AL 35214

He will be missed. God bless his soul and comfort his friends and family.

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At 4/25/2007 08:44:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

We love you Captain Gafford, you will be missed.

Lieutenant Carrillo - Engine 9

At 4/25/2007 09:54:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The fire department has lost a great captain/paramedic and we have all lost a great friend. You will be truly missed.

Mark McCay - Station 6 - Rescue 6 - B Shift

At 4/25/2007 10:26:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

We at Vinemont/Providence Fire Department (Cullman County) send your thoughts and prayers to the family of Captain Gafford and to the Birmingham Fire and Rescue Service.

Captain Lane Pair VPFD

At 4/26/2007 02:49:00 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

A truly great captain,paramedic, and brother. You will truly be missed.

Greg Fields
Rescue 15
Local 117

At 4/26/2007 07:08:00 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Saddened to hear about Captain Gafford.He was truly a great guy.My thoughts and prayers to the familyl and to Birmingham Fire & Rescue.

Cindy Jones
Trussville Fire & Rescue

At 4/26/2007 11:10:00 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so sorry to hear about Captain Gafford, my thoughts and prayers are with his family. I know he will be missed.

Chief Lane Pettit
Brooksville Fire & Rescue
Blount Co.

At 4/26/2007 11:39:00 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

May God bring comfort to Capt. Gafford's family. Capt. Gafford will be missed.

Barry Casey
BFRS Sta. 25

At 4/26/2007 12:03:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

With a heavy heart, my thoughts go out to the family of Capt. Billy Gafford. I wish for his family comfort and strength in their grief.

Lt. Dianna Hughes
Rescue 19
Birmingham Fire & Rescue Service

At 4/26/2007 12:52:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

We all will be praying for the family of Billy Gafford. He will be missed.
Tammy Sherbert
Blount Ems, Inc.

At 4/26/2007 01:11:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

In Birmingham a terrible loss is being felt, but in the Heavens there is rejoicing over the addition of a HERO !!!!

Gary Lang

Center Point Fire

At 4/26/2007 05:56:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

My heart goes out to station 16's crew and all of Captain Gaffords family.He will be missed!

P.M. Bugaj - Engine 13

At 4/26/2007 07:26:00 PM , Blogger Leigh said...

With respect and heartfelt prayers to Capt. Gafford's family and loved ones. I pray peace to my brothers in their time of sorrow...

Leigh Hatten
Cleburne County, Al
(former Hank's Amb/Northstar EMS)

At 4/26/2007 11:24:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Prayers & sympathy to the Gafford family. Captain Gafford may you forever rest in peace. You will be missed.

At 4/27/2007 09:45:00 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Each day we pass in and out of each other's lives, never knowing this could be our last meeting. Please know you guys are special to us and those familiar smiles like Captain Gafford's make what we do everyday, brighter and tolerable. Though it is not said often enough we appreciate all you guys sacrifice to help others. All of our world's stood still the moment he left us. Capt. Gafford will be truly missed by us all, he has touched our lives in a very special way. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Gafford Family.

Gina King RN UAB

At 4/27/2007 11:17:00 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Words cannot express what you were to, not just BFRS, but to all your fire and emergency department families around Birmingham. You will be missed greatly. Our thoughts and prayers go out to your family. Well Done, Sir.

Jenny Bordelon

Center Point Fire Vol FF & UAB Emergency Dept, PCT

At 4/27/2007 01:38:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

We at Fairfield Fire Department wish to express our deepest sympathy for your loss. We realize that it is hard when you lose such a great and kind person. You are always in our prayers and thoughts.

Chief Kevin Sutton

At 4/27/2007 06:30:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Capt. Gafford was one great guy. No matter what kind of mood you were in around him, He would always bring out a smile. I will truly miss working with him. R.I.P. Capt. Gafford Joey Gann St.11

At 4/28/2007 10:09:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Everything he did – not just the large things, but also the common everyday things – had something remarkable in it. There was a gentleness in his spirit, a thoughtfulness that went out in everything he did and every word he spoke. I know he is in a better place now, but I am still going to miss him tremendously. Rest in peace Cap.

At 4/29/2007 12:38:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lt. T.L. Smith Sta. 16

To be Relieved by Capt. Gafford only to hear later of his passing, brings great sorrow to my heart. I can only express to Capt. Gafford's family how great a lost this is to your Family and our Fire Department Family. We wish to send our thoughts and prayers out to you at such a time as this. God Bless

At 4/29/2007 11:34:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

My condolences are given to the family and friends of Captain Billy Gafford. May God watch over you.

Carlin D. Harper
Station 15/25

At 5/04/2007 05:05:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am truly saddened to learn of Captain Gafford's passing. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends and co-workers. May God Bless.

Dennis E. Kizziah

At 5/05/2007 01:08:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did anyone ever find out how or what he died from?

At 5/05/2007 11:32:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Capt. you will be missed by your family and BFRS family.Even though you are not here on earth with us you will always be in our hearts.

At 5/10/2007 05:27:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please accept my sincere condolences to the Gafford family and the men and women of Birmingham Fire and Rescue.
We all have lost a remarkable person in Bill, however we can take great comfort in the knowledge that he is with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Bill you will be missed but not forgotten.

Anthony Colafrancesco
Hoover Fire - Station 6 - Engine 6


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