Community Remembers Fallen Firefighter; Funeral Set

MORGAN COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – The flags at Oden Ridge Fire & Rescue Station 1 billowed sadly at half staff Friday in the dry October wind.

Sgt. Jantzen Murrell Frazier (Ret.)

Sgt. Jantzen Murrell Frazier (Ret.)

It’s a somber sentiment echoed by all surrounding communities following Jantzen Frazier’s untimely death on Thursday.

“When I first got there you know everybody was scrambling around trying to trying to do the best they could do and it really breaks a community down.”

Falkville Police Chief Chris Free talked with us about the loss.

“It’s just a very sad time not only for the fire department but for the community, it is a small community and everybody knows everybody.”

Free didn’t know Frazier personally, but says he’s quickly learned about him.

“Talking to the chief and the other firemen that you know he was a real go-getter and he was really involved,” said Free.  “[He] wanted to get trained and wanted to do everything that he could do to help the fire department, of course, but his community he lived in.”

Free says from friends to associates to strangers, everyone in the community is expressing support for the young family Frazier leaves behind.  He had a wife and four daughters.

“We as Americans always pull together in any kind of tragedy whether it’s nationwide or community-wide,” said Free. “The greatest thing about being an American, living in the United States, as you know we care about our people we want to be involved.”

Funeral arrangements are as follows for Jantzen Murrell Frazier:

Visitation is from 5-9 p.m. Tuesday, October 22 at Peck Funeral Home.  The funeral is Wednesday, October 23 at First United Methodist Church in Hartselle from 12-2:00 p.m. with services starting at 2:00.  Frazier will be buried at Johnson’s Chapel.

1 Comment

  • LJ Cassingham

    My deepest sympathies go out to all the fallen Firefighters, I knew Jantzen and his family from the wounded warriors. What a remarkable young man he was, even after all he had been through he was still ready to serve! please know you all are in our prayers.

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