ABILENE, Texas (KTAB) – The Gorman Volunteer Fire Department laid to rest a longtime member of their team at the Texas State Veterans Cemetery.
“It was an honor to be his friend and also it was an honor to bring him to his final resting place,” Gorman Volunteer Fire Chief Jimmy Guthery said.
It was a somber day for the Gorman Volunteer Fire Department and the City of Gorman.
“He was one of our pillars of the community and also the fire department. He kept us all pretty well straight,” Chief Guthery said.
The department laid to rest one of their own, Gene Foster, a United States Air Force veteran and longtime Gorman VFD fire fighter.
“We really admired Gene for his longevity in the fire department and we also wanted to bring him all the way to his resting place,” Chief Guthery said.
Foster served for the department for 49 years, almost 40 of those as Chief.
“It was a very important part of his life. He dedicated a lot of time a lot of years to better the department and get it to where it is,” Gorman VFD Assistant Chief Dylan Cogburn said.
His dedication, however, reached outside of the department into the community he loved.
“Any type of fundraiser he went out and always the first one out everything he could to help out the community and the fire department,” Assistant Chief Cogburn said.
“He was a real outstanding person to the community of Gorman and throughout the county,” Chief Guthery said.
Foster died from a stroke but was still taking calls until the day he passed.