Friday, May 3, 2013
A longtime Georgetown City firefighter just retired after serving the community for 25 years.
Lt. Franklin Nelson Jr. began working for the fire department in 1988.
“I’ll miss helping people and the family unity with the guys at the fire station,” Nelson said. “I can say to the City of Georgetown thank you for allowing me to accomplish what I had in life.”
“I thank God that I made it to this day,” he added.
A reception was held on Monday evening at First Calvary Church in Georgetown.
Family, friends, and members of the Fire Department attended the reception.
Retired Fire Chief Jim Sargent gave a few words about his relationship with Nelson while they were co-workers.
Major Jack Scoville presented Nelson with an engraved fire ax, and Fire Chief Joey Tanner presented him with a glass plaque of a fire hat and presented a dozen red roses to Nelson’s wife, Roberta.
Tanner acknowledged Nelson as a brother.
He spoke of his caring spirit and said he had a shepherd’s heart.
“I’ll miss our talks,” said Tanner. “There were days when we laughed together and days when we cried together. We always looked for the common ground and Nelson was always open to talk about different issues.”
“I’m losing a great friend and a great firefighter,” added Tanner.
Nelson and his wife live in Georgetown and have seven children and eight grandchildren.
Nelson will now serve as the pastor of Pentecost Evangelistic Outreach Center in Kingstree.
By Rounette Johnson
For The Times