Jim Was One Of A KindApr 19th, 2011 | By Submitted | Category: Letters To The Editor
On Saturday, the Town of Lee was host to a huge crowd and seemed to thoroughly enjoy a festival not seen since its centennial in 2009.
The idea for the festival was presented to the Lee Volunteer Fire Department by its chief, Jim von Roden and the department enthusiastically followed through.
Though Jim was not physically present, his spirit could be felt by all who knew him, so dedicated to his family, his town, his work and to his men in the LVFD. His sturdy body was struck down by a massive heart attack as he neared Big Red, the truck he drove in answering the fireman’s calls. One had just been received. Such a tragedy that no one who heard could believe it. Jim was only 49.
But Saturday, he would have been proud of his men and women as they followed through beautifully on his plan. They were everywhere, doing everything possible to make sure the event was a success and it certainly was.
Thank you, Jim – we loved you and we still do.