Sam McMillion began his career in the Holley Fire Department in 1984. He worked his way through the ranks, achieving the rank of Captain. Sam was one of the most active firefighters in the history of the Holley Fire Department.
In June of 2003, Sam was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma, a rapidly spreading form of cancer. After many months of aggressive and often painful treatment, Sam was told that he was cancer free. He remained extremely weak throughout his recovery, but his spirit and attitude never faltered. Because of the effects of the treatment, Sam was unable to remain as an active firefighter. Members of the department would try to involve Sam in departmental functions any way they could during his recovery. Often we had to force him. The reason that Sam resisted is because he knew his strength was not at it’s best. He felt that he would bring the team down, or hold us back. But the fact is that his presence inspired and motivated us.
In August of 2004, Sam's recovery was thought to be going well, when he was told that the cancer had returned. He battled once again. On Tuesday, December 21, 2004, Sam lost his battle to cancer. Throughout Sam's fight he never complained. Sam's spirit remained strong until the end.
On Tuesday, December 28, 2004, FF Sam McMillion was laid to rest with full departmental honors. Below is a portion of Chief Mark Porter's eulogy:
"As a fire chief, I am forced to make difficult decisions on a daily basis. I must decide where to place personnel and acquire resources. I must make sure that my department is staffed properly and ready for duty. There was always a given though. I knew that Sam would be there when I needed him. On Tuesday, December 21st, the Supreme Chief made a decision. He decided that he needed Sam more than we did. Sam was not taken from us for no reason. Sam was always there when duty called. He has been called to duty. Every day throughout the world, the Supreme Chief handles his staffing problems. The luxury that he has, that we don’t, is that he gets to pick the very best. He picks the ones that will answer the call of duty and be there when they are needed. Sam will carry on. His spirit will remain with us."
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