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Moody pays tribute to honor fallen firefighters

June 19, 2007

Valdosta - On September 11, 2006, the fire department at Moody Air Force Base lost one of their own.

Civilian firefighter Gerardo Garibay Junior was killed in a car crash in Waycross.

Almost a year later, he is still not forgotten.  "We decided losing one of our own after a period of time and losing several fire fighters over the years. We wanted to remember somebody," says Moody Crew Chief Kevin Sullivan.

They decided the best way to honor his memory was to build a tribute to all past, present and future fallen firefighters from the Base.  "The ones we lost, we've got to be able to respect them and remember them," he adds.

This rendering depicts the granite tribute that will be placed in front of the fire department at the base. A tribute completely funded by the community.  "On Saturday we sold chicken plates and a combination with chicken, two sides, desserts and a soda."

Fire Truck Driver Luke Wasick says, "It was so surprising to see the donations that we were receiving. People were coming out of their pockets books, children were driving by handing us 50 cents. It was incredible."

All together they raised $4100.00 and are planning to unveil the tribute on the anniversary of Garibay's death.  "We'll do an unveiling and we are going to do a day of remembrance for all firefighters at that point," Sullivan says.

The fundraiser earned enough to cover almost all of the $4300.00 tribute.

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