For the past several years Jonesboro Fire Chief Brandon Brown has been one of the first ones there when a disaster such as a fire or accident happens within Jackson Parish. He has heard many times over how thankful someone was to him and other first responders for the work they did in saving not only someone’s home but sometimes even their life.
This past Monday week Brown experienced the other side to his profession. That was when a fire ripped through his home causing him to lose many things of value causing him to experience what it felt like to be victim of such a tragedy and the helplessness that goes along with it.
Several days later the realization of the loss had still not totally sunk in but one thing stood out like never before and that was Brown’s love for his family and appreciation for his friends and the special group of the people he works with day in and day out.
“OVERWHELMED is all I can say,” reflected Brown in a post he wrote on Facebook on December 1st. “At 5:32 pm Monday evening my world changed. I lost a lot but me and my children are safe and everything lost can be replaced.”
“I can’t thank enough my firefighters of the Jonesboro fire department, the Quitman fire, Ward-4 fire, Jackson parish ambulance, Jonesboro police, Town of Jonesboro, Louisiana State fire marshal’s office and the Jackson parish Sheriff’s office for responding.”
“I’ve been overwhelmed by the outreach of the people of this community, the love that has been shown towards me by everyone is truly overwhelming!!!! I can’t thank you all enough for everything that has been done the phone calls and text. My heart is overwhelmed and I truly have no words to explain how thankful I am to everyone!!”
“The JFD is made up of some very special people that I hold very dear to my heart and I can tell you I’m very proud to be the Fire Chief of this department. These men and women are my friends my family and I can’t express how truly blessed I am to have them holding me up during this tough time!!!! I’m truly thankful and can’t say it enough to everyone that has been praying and helping out in any kind of way!!!! Thank you all for everything!!!!!