Remembering Alabama's Firefighters


A Mount Olive Volunteer Firefighter was honored and remembered today during a ceremony recognizing fallen firefighters and 9/11 heroes. Governor Kay Ivey along with family, the Anniston Fire Chief and other personnel, gathered to unveil the name of a firefighter killed in the line of duty. Chief Tracy Sanders was a proud lifelong resident of Ohatchee where she served at the Mount Olive Volunteer Fire Department.

Sanders was driving the department’s rescue command vehicle when her vehicle was struck from behind by a tractor trailer truck resulting in fatal injuries. Other than being a wife and mother, Chief Sanders was a certified firefighter, fire instructor, and an advanced EMT. Chief Sanders is described to have brought the Ohatchee fire department to a new level of response during her time there as Chief. Anniston Fire Department Chief Chris Collins says she shared a true love and passion for her family and line of duty.

Governor Ivey also took the time to recognize and pay respects to Mount Olives first female fire Chief and says Chief Sanders certainly left her mark on the Ohatchee community. During the unveiling ceremony, the 9/11 attacks were also recognized and the fallen firefighters and law enforcement officers were honored. Governor Ivey says this is a day that the country will never forget. Chief Sanders’ two daughters plan to continue to keep their mother’s legacy alive by also continuing to serve at the Mount Olive Volunteer Fire Department.

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