Bulletin Staff Report

The Brownwood Munici-pal Police Association has once again adopted a family for its Blue Christmas program.

This program helps the adopted family have a merry Christmas through a donation from the BMPA.

Every year the BMPA receives a number of nominated families and is tasked with choosing one that is adopted by the officers and becomes the recipient of a Blue Christmas.

This year, it was the Howard family. David Howard is a local volunteer firefighter who was burned protecting homes and properties from a wildfire on Dec. 2 near Zephyr, and consequently has been unable to work for a prolonged period of time.

David Howard, 46, is chief of the Zephyr Volunteer Fire Department.

Howard sustained second degree burns on his arms and face and was initially treated at Brownwood Regional Medical Center, then flown to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas.

Howard was driving a brush truck at the head of the fire when the truck’s engine and pump quit at the same time, and the wind blew the fire back on him, Brownwood Fire Marshal Buddy Preston said earlier.

He said the fire had taken the oxygen away from the engine.

Mary Howard said her husband is a salesman for wholesale gun distributor L.M. Burney.