BECKLEY, WV (WOAY) – The loss of beloved Fire Chief Bruce James is mourned and commemorated through a memorial service held by his family, friends, and colleagues in the Bradley-Prosperity Volunteer Fire Department, where he had served faithfully for over 30 years.
“Chief Bruce James was my first boss, first mentor, and best friend,” said Chief Gary Taylor, a former colleague of James in the Bradley Volunteer Fire Department.
After losing an ongoing battle to Parkinson’s disease on the evening of Sunday, September 19, 2021, Chief James’ name refuses to be forgotten and many of the lives it influenced came to be at the Church of God Family Worship Center in Beckley to mourn his loss and celebrate his life.
“Bruce was the kind of boss that when a member of the community called, whatever it was, who it was, where it was, he answered the phone and listened to their problem. He touched so many lives, ”he says.
Of course, James spent much of his life on the fire truck helping those in need, and a full firefighter funeral was held in his honor, complete with flags, memorabilia from his career, a guard of honor and a ceremonial post of colors, and hundreds of firefighters as well First responders from all over the region.
“Today we salute Bruce James with a celebration of his life and legacy,” added Taylor.
Chief James was about helping the community and serving along with his fellow firefighters, as a strong advocate of getting young people into the field, a relentless supporter of legal laws for the fire department, and even a helper in establishing those of the fire departments required standards. today.
Chief Bruce James was part of the fire department for 42 years. He is buried in a small cemetery in Prosperity.