Windham Firefighter Adds Four Decades to Family’s Legacy of ServiceMay 23, 2014
by Barbara O’Brien
It’s not uncommon for members of the same family to enter the field of firefighting or law enforcement, but what is unusual is when two brothers dedicate a combined total of more than eight decades. One of those brothers, James Brown, was recognized earlier this month for his 40 years of full-time service to the Windham Fire Department. These four decades don’t even include the additional years of part-time service Jim has devoted to the town he calls home.
Brown became a full-time Windham firefighter back in 1974 and continues to serve his community to this day. His brother, Bill, now a Florida “snowbird” for part of the year, still serves as a call firefighter in Windham on a seasonal basis.
Windham Fire Chief Tom McPherson said that Jim Brown has served the town with due diligence and respect. “It’s been a job well done,” Town Administrator David Sullivan added. “It’s people like this who really make Windham a very special town,” Selectmen’s chairman Ross McLeod said, adding that the Browns’ dedication speaks volumes about the high caliber of people who serve on both the Windham Fire Department and Police Department. A large number of local firefighters and police officers attended the presentation being made to Jim Brown.
Jim Brown, who was described by Sullivan as a man of very few words, was very humble in his acceptance of the show of gratitude. “I love my job and I love the people I work with,” he said. When asked if he planned to continue working with the fire department, Brown acknowledged he might add a few more years to his tenure.