State proclamation recognizes retired Jax Fire Chief Bradley
Retired Jackson Fire Chief Neal Bradley was recognized with a state proclamation during the Tuesday, June 12 meeting of the Jackson City Council. Mayor Richard Long read the proclamation, signed by Speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives Mike Hubbard, recognizing Bradley for his 41 years of service to the fire department, then presented him with a copy. Bradley’s tenure as fire chief spanned 25 years, from 1986 until his retirement at the end of 2011. Mayor Long said the $1.6 million fire station nearing completion across the street from the First Presbyterian Church became a reality thanks to the former chief. He is also credited with working to obtain every piece of equipment currently owned by the department.
New fire station Jackson Fire Chief Bobby Brooks told the council he hated to sound like a broken record, but work to finalize the opening of the new fire station continues and hopes are that the department will take it over within three to four weeks. Part of the delay of the station’s opening was due to one of the rollup doors coming loose, falling and being damaged beyond repair. A replacement door, which had to be specially made, was ordered to replace it.