Chief Norman Brooks was a true public servant

At the memorial service for Fire Chief Norman Brooks, the Rev. Scott Quinn eloquently noted, “Spotsylvania County is a better place to live and work because Chief Norman Brooks lovingly dedicated nearly 50 years of his life serving its citizens.”

How very true. And that dedication and service extended well beyond the borders of his home county.

During my 26 years as a volunteer on the Lake of the Woods Rescue Squad, I responded to countless mutual aid calls in Orange and Spotsylvania counties and beyond, and there was nothing better than the sight of Norman Brooks on the scene.

His professionalism, his knowledge, his sensitivity, his very character set the bar for each of us. We always knew patients, property and crew members were in the best of hands because he was there.

We had many saves over the years as we worked together shoulder to shoulder. Sadly, however, we cannot save every life, nor can we extinguish every fire, but Chief Brooks always gave us the will to move forward. We are all better because we knew him.

Pat Ivey

Locust Grove

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