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Odessa Fire Department History

Established in 1927

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Retirees from 1950-1969

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Ira Chester Frady  No.
Employed: 1937
Retired: 1957
Years of Service: 20 Years
Died: October 29, 2009 at age 95

One of the first 4 paid firefighters. ( The City hired 4 volunteers to be paid in 1939)
Also spent some time as a motorcycle cop for the Odessa Police Department.

​His daughter Claudette Frady married Roy Orbison.

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Clarence  H. Stevenson  No.
Employed: September 20, 1927
Retired: August 20, 1958
Years of Service: 31 Years
Died: February 1, 1988

One of the first volunteer firefighters!

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Ona B. Laird  No.
Employed: March 15, 1928
Retired: July 31, 1960
Years of Service: 32 Years 4 Months
Died: May 16, 1986


One of the first volunteer firefighters!
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Charlie Meadows  
Fire Chief

Employed: March 1, 1939
Retired: April 1, 1962
Years of Service: 23 Years 1 Month
Died: April 22, 1997

 
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Assistant Fire Marshal

Employed: November 10, 1947
Resigned: January 8, 1963
Years of Service: 15 Years 10 Months
Died: November 16, 1997

 
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Employed: February 2, 1948
Resigned: August 19, 1964
Years of Service: 16 Years 6 Months
Died: January 7, 2000

 
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Employed: April 11, 1955
Resigned: May 1, 1965
Years of Service: 10 Years 1 Months
Died: January 1, 1976
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Employed: November 9, 1953
Resigned: December 1, 1965
Years of Service: 12 Years 1 Month
Died: October 1, 1990

 
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William "Bill" Rutledge   No. 35
Assistant Fire Chief

Employed: September 30, 1947
Retired: April 15, 1968
Years of Service: 20 Years 7 Months

Died: August 25, 2017 at age 96

Retired United States Marine Corps Major
Combat Veteran of WWII (Marine Lt. at Iwo Jima)