BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Birmingham Fire Chief Ivor Brooks passed away at Brookwood Medical Center Wednesday, according to a spokesperson with the mayor’s office. WIAT 42 News is told Brooks died of a heart attack at the hospital.
Brooks joined the Birmingham Fire and Rescue Service Department in May of 1982. During his time as chief, Brooks garnered many awards for his leadership and service to the Birmingham community. He was assistant chief until November
2007. Brooks was appointed to the fire chief position by former Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford, replacing Carl Harper.
Officials recounted their conversations with Brooks, and they’re all shocked and heartbroken at the news of his passing.
Mayor William Bell says he found out Brooks had a heart attack around 2 p.m., but by the time he got to Brookwood Medical Center, Brooks had passed away. He says replacing such an instrumental person in the fire department will not be an easy task.
“He would want us all to go on, but it’s going to be difficult to find someone to replace him, because he just embodied public service,” Bell said.
“It is with great sympathy and heartfelt condolence that we share the news of Chief Ivor Brooks passing this afternoon. Please keep his family and the men and women of the BFD in your thoughts and prayers,” the City of Birmingham said in a statement released Wednesday afternoon:
Representative Terri Sewell took to Twitter to express her condolences,
I join the B'ham community in mourning the loss of Fire & Rescue Chief Ivor Brooks. My prayers are w/ his family during this difficult time.—
Rep. Terri A. Sewell (@RepTerriSewell) May 28, 2014
Brooks leaves behind a wife and four children. Leadership of the fire department will be a team effort for the time being until they find a suitable replacement, says Bell.
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