Funeral service for Chief Brooks held in downtown Birmingham

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) –A funeral for Birmingham Fire Chief Ivor Brooks was held in downtown Birmingham this morning.

He died suddenly last week of a heart attack. His funeral was held at the 16th street Baptist Church downtown. Firefighters from all over Alabama and beyond showed up to pay their respects.

Fire trucks from dozens of departments around the state lined the streets of downtown Birmingham.

The 16th Street Baptist church was packed with fire chiefs and fire fighters from around the state and Chief Brooks friends and family. WIAT 42 News spoke with several of the fire chiefs there from Birmingham and surrounding communities who say they will use what they learned from Chief Brooks to move forward.

“He loved this community and he loved the fire service and his legacy will go on. We know what his vision is and we’re going to continue that mission,” Chief Cordell Mardis with the Birmingham Fire and Rescue Department said.

“He always strived to push everyone forward and to put their best foot forward and we all hope we can keep that advice in our minds and move forward,” Lt. Rusty Lowe with the Hoover Fire Department said.

Chief Brooks leaves behind his wife and four children.

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