The bittersweet scenario wasn't the one Brownwood firefighters would have envisioned.

But fire Lt. Shannon Stone would have approved, Fire Chief Del Albright said.

With the blessing of the Shannon Stone Memorial Fund, the Brownwood Fire Department used money from the fund to buy Class A dress uniforms for the entire department - an expense of about $19,000 for the 32 uniforms, which will be worn for special, formal occasions including firefighters' weddings, awards ceremonies, and funerals.

Four firefighters wore the new uniforms at Tuesday morning's Brownwood City Council meeting as Albright introduced the uniforms and explained the purchase.

Stone's widow, Jenny, was in the council chambers, which was packed with people who were present for different reasons including the recognition of city employees with 10 or more years on the job.

The fire department had wanted to buy Class A uniforms but had never been able to because of the expense, Albright said. The department had hoped to eventually start buying them a few at a time over different budget years.

"I don't like the way it came about to receive them," Albright said, referring to Stone's death on July 7 at age 39.

Albright recounted Stone's love of the fire service and said he had been eager to some day have a Class A uniform.