The New Albany Fire Department (NAFD), as well as assisting firemen from Union County fire departments, had a horrendous night last night.
A late night house fire in New Albany brought the shattering experience every fire fighter faces sooner or later: a victim was trapped in the house. Firemen made entry through a window in one end of the house and, fortunately, found the single occupant of the house that was trapped.
They were able to remove the 63-year-old woman from the flames, but she died a short while later.
It was a tough experience, particularly on some of the younger firemen. It was the first time someone had perished in a New Albany fire in over ten years.
The NAFD has become one of the best trained units in north Mississippi during recent decades, largely through the extraordinary efforts of now-retired New Albany Fire Chief Steve Coker and his successor, New Albany Fire Chief Mark Whiteside..
Coker and Whiteside have overseen extensive training for NAFD firemen as well as hundreds of hours of training for fire crews in Union County’s several volunteer departments. The training has paid off in lower fire insurance rates for property owners and in an enviable record of rescues of folks who would otherwise likely have perished.
But you can’t win every time. Say a prayer for the victim of last night’s fire, her family and friends.
Pray also for our firemen. No firemen were injured removing the victim from the flames last night last night, but all of them are grieving.