The Fort Payne city council Tuesday presented David Wright a plaque for his recent retirement from the Fort Payne Fire Department after 28 years of service.
Councilman Wade Hill congratulated Wright and told how Wright’s service as a fireman had an impact on him personally.
“A lot of times you go through life and you don’t know if you have done a lot of good or if you’ve done anything that makes a difference,” Hill said. “I can tell you right now, that man right there, I love to death. He has a special place in my heart.”
Hill said Wright’s dedication to his responsibilities of responding to fires, accidents and other incidents is the reason his son is alive today.
“We worked together for a long time, but I owe him my son’s life,” Hill said. “He wouldn’t be here today if David hadn’t gotten to him at a wreck years ago. He was just a young man. David literally saved his life.”
Hill said Wright’s commitment to his job has influenced many people over the past 28 years.
“So, I have four beautiful granddaughters because of my son and a lot of great memories,” Hill said. “But I love you. I love the way you went about your job for so long and what you put into it, and the guys that you made an influence on. So, thank you, David.”