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Thursday, October 09, 2008

Honored - Humbled - Thankful

Birmingham Firefighters Association Local 117

Tuesday night, I was asked to stop by the Union Meeting for the Birmingham Firefighters Association Local 117. I have a lot of friends there and was eager to pay a visit. I had no idea exactly what I was in for.

At the end of the meeting, I was asked to come forward and was presented with a beautiful shadow box with a chrome plated axe inside. The axe has an emblem of the Local 117 mounted on the head. The plaque inside reads,

Presented to Dave '911' Sibley
Honorary Member
Birmingham Firefighters Association
Local 117

I really appreciate the high honor, kind words and friendship of everyone at the 117! Thank you all!

Thank you for taking the pictures, Summer!

Sitting with Battalion Chief Russell...

Birmingham Firefighters Association Local 117

Union President Mike Pennington spoke really kind words about me as he called me forward...

Birmingham Firefighters Association Local 117

Secretary/Treasurer Don Baker spoke really kind words about the work I do and presented me with the Union axe...

Birmingham Firefighters Association Local 117

Birmingham Firefighters Association Local 117

Birmingham Firefighters Association Local 117

Birmingham Fire & Rescue Local 117

Monday, October 06, 2008

Ralph E. Brasher

Bessemer Fire & Rescue
East Jefferson Fire Department

Ralph Brasher : Bessemer Fire & Rescue

BRASHER, RALPH EVANS, JR., 55, of Irondale, AL, died on October 3, 2008, in Birmingham, AL. For 7 years Ralph battled heart disease and lung cancer eventually weakening defenses until he was unable to overcome the effects of pneumonia which he fought this past month.

Ralph was well known in the Irondale, Trussville, and Leeds areas. Ralph was a meat cutter at Food World while in high school, a factory representative for Burlington Industry's furniture division, and owned Willoughby Furniture Company in Fairfield. Ralph and two friends began East Jefferson Fire Department which serviced the local community for 15+ years. Eventually he became its Fire Chief and then a member of the Board of Directors.

Ralph also worked for Bessemer Fire Department before becoming a General Contractor specializing in excavation.

Ralph's most significant accomplishment was his determination, after he quit, to help heavy smokers stop smoking. 25 heavy smokers have quit and will hopefully avoid this dreaded disease and its many complications.

Ralph Brasher : Bessemer Fire & Rescue

Ralph is survived by his wife, Mary, of 29 years; their son, Ralph Evans Brasher, III, "Chip", and their daughter, Jamie Nicole; his brother, John Brasher, of Pacolet, SC; his sister, Sherry Powell, from Trussville, AL; his nephews: Randall Erwin, Trussville, AL; Russell Erwin, Las Cruces, NM; John Brasher, Jr. Boling Spring, SC; and his nieces: Farah Meade, Pacolet, SC; Katelin and Julianne Wagoner; Ellicott City, MD and Christianna Sperty, Boca Raton, FL.

The viewing will be Monday, October 6, 2008 at Ridout's Trussville Chapel. Family viewing at 5:00 p.m.; friends from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m.

The funeral will be at Taylor Memorial Church, 2501 Sweeney Hollow Road, Birmingham, AL 35215, on Tuesday, October 7, 2008 at 2:00 p.m.
, Brother Neil Culberson will officiate.

Ralph Brasher : Bessemer Fire & Rescue

In lieu of flowers, the family feels Ralph would be honored with a donation to organizations dealing with individuals who have contracted diseases as a result of smoking: The American Cancer Society, American Lung Society or the American Heart Association.

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