Killed In The
Line Of Duty
March 27, 2009 is a day that Ruby Gilbreath will not forget in the very near future. It is the day that her husband, Mike Gilbreath, died while doing his job as a firefighter in Double Springs. He was struck by a passing motorist as he helped remove storm debris from a local road. Gilbreath, the former chief of the Double Springs Volunteer Fire Department, along with 80 other firefighters who died in the line of duty, was honored in a national ceremony in Emmitsburg, MD on October 3rd.
The ceremony, which included candlelight vigils and the awarding of American flags flown over the Capitol, was witnessed by over 5,000 people, and including the etching of Gilbreaths name, along with 104 of his colleagues onto the Fallen Firefighters Memorial at the National Fire Academy.
Locally, Gilbreath will be honored on October 24 by the naming of a walking trail and park in his honor, along with a five foot granite memorial with his portrait. Pat West, current fire chief said " just think its going to be a good way to remember a really good guy"
Ruby Gilbreath said she still is approached by residents of the community who tell her stories about her husbandís bravery.
Walker Vikings fans from across the city, began celebrating the 2010 Homecoming with a parade through downtown Jasper Friday afternoon, and followed that with a 58-22 win over West Point Friday night at Kiro-Gambrell Field.
There's a new program in Walker County for workers age 50 and older that assists the unemployed and underemployed with job placement, interview skills and resume writing, helping that population to compete in today's job market. That program is Positive Maturity's AWARE (Aging Workers Are Reliable Employees) career counseling program. Long time Jasper Resident Marcia Norris will serve as a VISTA volunteer for the program here in Jasper. Positive Maturity, a United Way partner, has served growing numbers of seniors in Jefferson, Shelby, Walker and Blount counties since 1970.