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Monday, October 26, 2009

Calera Fire Chief Tommy Moon

Calera Fire & Rescue

Calera Fire Chief Tommy Moon passed away Saturday afternoon after a battle with pneumonia.

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

The arrangements are:

Tuesday, 5PM - 8PM
Calera Baptist Church
600 Whippoorwill Ln
Calera, AL 35040
(205) 668-2144

Wednesday, 10AM
Calera Baptist Church
600 Whippoorwill Ln
Calera, AL 35040
(205) 668-2144

Memorial Gardens
Calera, AL 35040

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Below is a story from the Birmingham News.

Tommy Moon, Calera fire chief, dies
Served town for 33 years
Sunday, October 25, 2009
News staff writer

Longtime Calera Fire Chief Tommy Moon died Saturday afternoon after a monthlong battle with pneumonia, Calera Mayor George Roy said.

Mr. Moon, 57, was diagnosed with leukemia in May but was declared cancer-free in August. He was hospitalized with pneumonia in September and remained there ever since.

"He was one of the finest, and we'll miss him greatly," Roy said Saturday night.

Mr. Moon had been with the Calera Fire Department for 33 years and served as chief for the past 20.

"The fire department lost a good friend and a great leader," Calera Mayor-elect Jon Graham said. "Our entire community loves him. There will be very big shoes to fill."

City leaders had the American flag at Calera City Hall lowered to half-staff Saturday in memory of Mr. Moon.

During his battle with leukemia, community members and the Fire Department rallied around him and his family. Firefighters cut his grass and held a blood drive in his honor, and two community motorcycle rides were held to raise money for the American Cancer Society in his honor.

Mr. Moon's adult daughter, Shannon Sisco, kept family and friends updated on his condition through the CaringBridge Web site. "Dad went to be with the Good Lord this afternoon about 2:45," she wrote Saturday. "He is celebrating now and no longer suffering. Although we are grieving, we are at peace because we know where he is.

"One thing that I ask is that if you have parents that are living, call them and tell them you love them before you go to bed," Sisco wrote. "You never know when it might be the last time to tell them."

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Mike Montgomery

Birmingham Fire & Rescue

Mike "Big Bird" Montgomery passed away earlier this week. Mike had been a firefighter with Birmingham Fire and Rescue and had served the city for 20+ years. Funeral service arrangements are below.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to any animal shelter or St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church, Brookside, AL.

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

Graveside Service
Monday, October 26, 2009 at 2:00pm
Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home and Gardens
1591 Gadsden Hwy
Birmingham, AL 35235
(205) 322-0543

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