LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. — The Owens Volunteer Fire Department celebrated one of their own Saturday. The department presented Chief Gary Lovell with a service appreciation award for 24 years of dedication to the unit.
Lovell joined the department in 1993 and has held a leadership position since the very beginning. He was later announced as chief in 2004.
Since Lovell has been in the position, the department has bought four trucks, built a new station and purchased turnout gear and radios for members twice. The department also played a part in getting a storm shelter at Station 2 on Glaze Road.
According to his family, Lovell has lung cancer that has spread to his brain. After over two decades of service to his community, Lovell will be taking a leave of absence from the department.