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Odessa Fire Department History

Established in 1927

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Odessa Fire Department Reunions 

 by Captain Don Ottinger, Retired

 

Back in the early part of 1980, Kenneth Cable, Wayne Coggins and L.A. Croom were sitting around their office one afternoon.  They were wondering where some of the guys who had worked and retired from the Odessa Fire Department in years past had gone to.

They decided it would be nice to get together somewhere.  They decided that July 4th would be a good date and Lake Brownwood State Park would be a good place.

Wayne Coggins contacted the people who were running the retirement fund and got names and addresses from them.  The three of them set about setting up a name and address list of their own and enlisted the help of their secretary in sending out invitations for a reunion.
     
So, the first ever OFD Reunion was about to take place.  On that HOT July 4th weekend, eight firemen and six spouses showed up and had a grand time visiting and remembering other people who were not able to come that year.

In 1982, they decided it was just too hot and muggy in July for a reunion, so they changed the date to September 3rd.  Labor Day weekend.  That year, thirty-two people showed up and more people kept coming each year.

 

L.A. and Mary Croom had been living in Brownwood during this time and had set up the reunion site for the guys.  In 1987 they got a job as Park Attendants for the Hords Creek Lake in Coleman.  There they had a large pavilion, which seemed just right for a reunion.  People were contacted and the first Saturday of October was set up for the reunion.  It has been held at the same location until 2009. 

 


The reunion started out with only fourteen people in attendance in 1980.  In 1997 there were 33 retirees in attendance with a total of 109 retirees, wives, family, friends and guests.  Since that time the numbers have been going down due to deaths, age of people and cost of travel.

 

 

 

 

 

       Odessa Fire Fighter Reunion Records
Reunion # Date Location Attendance Links
1 July 4, 1980 Lake Brownwood, Brownwood, Tx 14 More Information
2 1981 Lake Brownwood, Brownwood, Tx 14 More Information
3 September 1982 Lake Brownwood, Brownwood, Tx 32 More Information
4 1983 Lake Brownwood, Brownwood, Tx 49 More Information
5 1984 Lake Brownwood, Brownwood, Tx 42 More Information
6 1985 Lake Brownwood, Brownwood, Tx 38 More Information
7 1986 Lake Brownwood, Brownwood, Tx ? More Information
8 October 3, 1987 Hords Creek Lake, Coleman, Tx 35 More Information
9 October 1, 1988 Hords Creek Lake, Coleman, Tx 42 More Information
10 October 7, 1989 Hords Creek Lake, Coleman, Tx 49 More Information
11 October 6, 1990 Hords Creek Lake, Coleman, Tx 74 More Information
12 October 5, 1991 Hords Creek Lake, Coleman, Tx 77 More Information
13 October 3, 1992 Hords Creek Lake, Coleman, Tx 94 More Information
14 October 2, 1993 Hords Creek Lake, Coleman, Tx 91 More Information
15 October 1, 1994 Hords Creek Lake, Coleman, Tx 82 More Information
16 October 7, 1995 Hords Creek Lake, Coleman, Tx 106 More Information
17 October 5, 1996 Hords Creek Lake, Coleman, Tx 108 More Information
18 October 4, 1997 Hords Creek Lake, Coleman, Tx 109 More Information
19 October 3, 1998 Hords Creek Lake, Coleman, Tx 87 More Information
20 October 2, 1999 Hords Creek Lake, Coleman, Tx 96 More Information
21 October 7, 2000 Hords Creek Lake, Coleman, Tx 70 More Information
22 October 6, 2001 Hords Creek Lake, Coleman, Tx 71 More Information
23 October 5, 2002 Hords Creek Lake, Coleman, Tx 55 More Information
24 October 4, 2003 Hords Creek Lake, Coleman, Tx 77 More Information
25 October 2, 2004 Hords Creek Lake, Coleman, Tx 68 More Information
26 October 1, 2005 Hords Creek Lake, Coleman, Tx 48 More Information
27 October 7, 2006 Hords Creek Lake, Coleman, Tx 64 More Information
28 October 6, 2007 Hords Creek Lake, Coleman, Tx 65 More Information
29 October 4, 2008 Hords Creek Lake, Coleman, Tx 48 More Information 
30 October 3, 2009 Hords Creek Lake, Coleman, Tx 55 More Information 
31 October 2010 Odessa, Texas    More Information 
32 October 2011 Odessa, Texas    More Information 
33 October 5, 2012 Odessa, Texas   More Information  
34 October 2013 Odessa, Texas   More Information  
35 October 2014 Odessa, Texas    More Information 
36 October 2015 Odessa, Texas    More Information 
37 October 2016 Odessa, Texas   More Information  
38 October 2017 Odessa, Texas    More Information 
39 October 2018 Odessa, Texas    More Information 
40 October 2019 Odessa, Texas   More Information  
41 October 2020 Odessa, Texas   More Information  
42 October 2021 Odessa, Texas    More Information 
43 October 2022 Odessa, Texas   More Information  
44 October 2023 Odessa, Texas    More Information 
45 October 2024 Odessa, Texas   More Information  
46 October 2025 Odessa, Texas   More Information  
47 October 2026 Odessa, Texas   More Information  
48 October 2027 Odessa, Texas   More Information  
49 October 2028 Odessa, Texas    More Information 
50 October 2029 Odessa, Texas   More Information