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Crockett residents remember former fire chief


He served the Crockettcommunity for almost 25 years. Friends are remembering former Crockett FireChief David Williamson.

The U.S. flag flies athalf staff at the Crockett Fire Station in memory of one of Williamson.

"He was just an allaround good guy," said long time friend Randy Alle. "He devoted himself to thefire department in Crockett and to the city. He was a city councilman for awhile and just a super guy we will all miss."

Williamson was a volunteerfire fighter for 20 years and volunteer chief for four years.

News of his death struckhard to Alle.

"I was sad anddisappointed," said Alle. "He has been my friend since 1976."

Current Fire Chief JohnAngerstein never worked with Williamson but did get to know him over the years.

"From what I know ofChief Williamson, he always stood for the right thing even if it wasn't alwaysthe popular thing," said Angerstein.

When Williamson is laid torest tomorrow, engine 4 will be leading the processional. It's just another wayto honor the former chief.

"Those apparatuseswere part of his life and we want to represent the fire department and paysome respects and honor him for his service," said Angerstein.

Williamson's servicereached way beyond the walls of the station.

In recent years,Williamson has molded teenagers in the Houston County 4H program.

Williamson showed studentsin the shooting program not only to how to shoot but also how to handle theirself away from the range.

"If it hadn't been for his time, dedication,devotion to that and willingness to help the children, it wouldn't be where itis today," said Alle.

Williamson was 57 and is survived by his wife,Annette, and son, John Wayne.

There will be a publicservice at the First Baptist Church of Crockett Saturday at 10 a.m.

Interment will follow at the Weches Cemetery.

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