Letter to the Editor

To the editor:

All of us at the Brownwood Fire Department would like to express our appreciation and gratitude for all the support we received this past week in dealing with the loss of one of our own firefighters, B.J. Carnes. We would not have made it through this trying time without the citizens and businesses of Brownwood, Brown County, and other surrounding communities. We could not have had a more fitting tribute to such a dedication firefighter, citizen, and patriot.

It is impossible to list individually the names of all who have donated food, materials, and support that was given this past week. However, we would like to express a special thank you to Wal-Mart, Lemon’s Bar-B-Que, Brownwood Janitorial, Bill “Kemper” Croft, Russell and Connie Thomas, Skinny’s, Bruner’s Auto Group, Big Counry Ford, Ricardo’s Tortilla Factory, and Richard Bryant.

We would also like to thank our fellow Emergency Services, Brownwood Police Department, Brown County Sheriff’s Office, Brownwood Explorers, Early Police Department, Bangs Police Department, Guardian, and Brownwood Street Department. We greatly appreciate your support and assistance. We would like to thank our fellow firefighters throughout the country and state for their participation.

We cannot thank the Abilene Fire Department, Brady Fire Department, Texas Forest Service, Coleman Fire Department, Guardian, Zephyr Volunteer Fire Department enough for providing staff and equipment to protect our community, and allowing all of our firefighters to attend the service of our fallen brother.

If I may add a personal note, as Chief of Brownwood Fire-Rescue, the support and respect shown by this community has been exceptionally comforting and uplifting to our firefighters. We would like everyone to know we will continue to respond to your call for help every day, day or night, and provide each indvidual with the professional service they deserve. Now, we will be bringing with us our own guardian angel, B.J. Carnes.

Thank you all!

Chief Del Albright

and Brownwood Firefighters

Brownwood Fire-Rescue