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Crockett residents remember former fire chief

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He served the Crockett community for almost 25 years. Friends are remembering former Crockett Fire Chief David Williamson.

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

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

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

News of his death struck hard to Alle.

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

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

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

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

"Those apparatuses were part of his life and we want to represent the fire department and pay some respects and honor him for his service," said Angerstein.

Williamson's service reached way beyond the walls of the station.

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

Williamson showed students in the shooting program not only to how to shoot but also how to handle their self 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 it is today," said Alle.

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

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

Interment will follow at the Weches Cemetery.

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