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It is with a heavy heart and deep saddness that I inform everyone of the Passing Of Micheal DeVaughn Asst. Chief (Ret.) of the Eielson AFB FD, Alaska. Chief DeVaughn had a huge impact on the fire service in Interior Alaska in the early 70's and up until his retirement last year. He was very active in his community and loved to watch his oldest son coach the Eielson Ravens HS football team. Chief was a huge advocate for fire prevention and fire safety throughout his time at Eielson serving as the Asst. Chief of Fire Prevention and Technical Services. He is also a Veteran of the Service serving in Vietnam as a firefighter as well. Many will miss him and another piece of my heart is yet missing from my life in the fire service. Last time I wrote of a friend passing on here was a mere three weeks ago. Chief Rounds who died earlier was extremely close to Chief DeVaughn and spent many days afield together on another series of adventures that were sure to create many stories that will last a lifetime. Many fire service memories and history stories that were left to tell and may never be heard again have came crashing down. I can only imagine the welcome he is receiving as he answers his final roll call surrounded by friends and the brother who just went ahead of him.

I am not sure what God has planned for any of us but with all the things going on in this world and in our lives especially mine; has had a huge strain on my life and now with the passing of two friends within a month is making it hard for a guy to not wonder what God has instore for me or others in he future.

Faith, Hope & Love and of these three Love is the greatest. So love your brother, your family and all your friends as if today were your last and hope for a new tomorrow will come.

Fireman Loaned

"I'll lend you for a little time, A Fireman of Mine," He said, "For you to love them while they live, And mourn for when their dead, To remember their sacrifices and never forget. It may be twenty-two or thirty-three or sixty or seventy years or more. But will you, till I call them back, Take care of them for Me? They shall bring a smile to gladden you and protect you when harm calls your name, And should their stay be brief, You'll have all their lovely memories as solace for your grief. I cannot promise they will stay, Since all from earth return, But there are lessons of history to be learned, Traditions to be taught, and My people to protect. I've looked this wide world over, In My search for teachers true, And from the throngs that crowd life's lanes, I have selected all of you; Now will you give them your love, Not thinking this labor vain, Nor hate Me when I come to call And take them home again?" I fancied that I heard you pray, "Dear Lord, Thy will be done, For all the joy Thy brother shall bring, The risk of grief we gladly undertake, For this job though dangerous, Is a call in Thy service O'Lord. We'll guard them all with our brotherhood, We'll love them while we may, And for the happiness we've shared, Forever grateful for their stay. But should the angels call for One much sooner than we've planned, We'll brave that bitter grief, that comes as we try to understand, that we must finish what is left undone, We must carry on".

Brad Hoff

RIP Chief DeVaughn, We got it from here brother!


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Comment by Chris Valiante on December 13, 2008 at 12:07am
Chief DeVaughn will be greatly missed among those here at Eielson that served with him. He was a great inspiration to me and many other Young Firefighters in this Department. He was the Assistant Chief of Fire Prevention when I got here and got assigned To Station 2 where his office was. I’ll never forget meeting him for the first time as a One Stripper fresh into Air Force Fire Protection. The stories he had of his day on ops or the Pictures he had hanging in his office from the many Fires he saw in his life. He was an Impact all over the Interior; everywhere you go and talk to some of the “Old Timers” once they hear you’re from Eielson they ask about Chief. Chief will be greatly missed in this Department, This Installation and The Community. RIP Chief our hearts are with you and your family.

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