Posted: Friday, June 27th 2014 at 6:29pm
Gainesville Fire to honor passing of 1st female chief
GAINESVILE – The Gainesville Fire Department will be honoring the memory of their first female Division Chief, Debbie Lynn Smith Truelove, with a processional and memorial service Saturday morning.
Truelove retired as a Support Services Division Chief in July, 2011, after twenty-four years of service with both the Gainesville Police and Fire Departments.
She passed away on June 24th at the age of 53.
Chief Keith Smith, who now holds the position once held by Truelove, said in an announcement, “We will have a procession of fire trucks from our Station # 1 on Pine Street (then proceed) to First Baptist Church on Green Street starting at 10:00 AM.”
Smith said that the memorial service will be held at First Baptist Church at 11:00 AM in the chapel.
“We would appreciate their patience as we show our appreciation and respect to one of our own that served the city proudly for twenty-four years,” Smith added, noting that the processional could delay normal traffic flow in the area for a short time.
Truelove made the request to be cremated upon her death, so the urn holding her remains will ride in the lead engine during the processional.
Truelove’s family has asked that all memorial contributions be made to the Edmondson-Telford Foundation, located in Gainesville, in her memory.
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