A memorial service took place at the Williams Fire Department on Saturday for retired firefighter Troy Thompson, who lost his battle with cancer June 8.
“The celebration was a great story telling of Troy’s life from many of his education partners and retired firefighters,” said Williams Fire Chief Jeff Gilbert.
Thompson was a beloved teacher in the community for nearly three decades, teaching math and science at Williams High School.
Gilbert said Thompson was a well respected educator that taught most of the current Williams Fire Department volunteers.
After teaching, Thompson served as the Technology Coordinator for the Williams Unified School District for ten years.
Thompson also served a member of the Williams Volunteer Fire Department for 20 years.
After retiring as a volunteer exempt, Thompson served on the Williams Fire Protection District Board of Commissioners for six years and the Williams Fire Protection Authority Joint Powers, helping to purchase the first ladder and heavy rescue truck used in Williams, said Gilbert.
The Williams Fire Department hosted the memorial at the request of Thompson’s family.
“The Williams Fire Department has a long history of honoring our fallen brothers,” Gilbert said.
After the memorial, the Williams Volunteer Firefighters Association served a lunch to those in attendance.
“Troy was very dedicated to the department, cooking for fundraisers and attending the monthly volunteer dinner meeting even after retirement,” Gilbert said. “He last attend our Sportsman Night fundraiser in March of 2019.”
Because education was very important to him, donations are being excepted in Thompson’s name for the Williams Volunteer Fire Department Scholarship Fund.
“Those that are marked for the scholarship will go to providing scholarships to Williams volunteers firefighters children and retired firefighters children,” said Gilbert.
Gilbert said the Williams Volunteer Fire Department give out two scholarships per year.
“The family cannot express how much we appreciate hearing how much my dad was loved and respected in the community we have called home,” said Thompson’s daughter Catherine Thompson-Gonzales in a statement on Facebook. “He (is) horribly missed and hearing how he touched so many people brings us comfort!”