Fallen Madison County Firefighter Funeral Service

By: Donnitra Gilbert Email
By: Donnitra Gilbert Email

"We're gonna miss him ... we lost a big help we lost a big part of the community," said Lee Volunteer Firefighter Chief Reese Thomas.

49 year old Captain James "Jim" Lee Von Roden died Saturday. He was a firefighter for Lee Volunteer Fire Department in Madison County.

James' been with the department for 13 plus years.

"He went to respond he became ill in route getting ready to go to the station," said Thomas.

Von Roden's friends said he had a heart attack just a few miles away from his home.

"If there was a rock in my life besides Jesus Christ ... it would be James Lee Von Roden," said LeRoy Rutherford.

Dozens of firefighters from surrounding counties came to pay their respects some drove more than four hours to say a final goodbye to their fallen comrade.

"As a paid firefighter I'm very grateful and humble by the service that the volunteer firefighters give the community," said Clearwater firefighter Doug Swartz.

Von Roden is survived by his wife, two daughters, grand children and a community whose flames burn for their hero.

Von Roden was, also, the owner and operator of Von's Auto in Madison. Family and friends describe him as a community servant who will truly be missed.


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  • by Georgia. Vol. Firefighter Location: thomasville ga on Mar 17, 2011 at 07:57 AM
    i also had a brother F/F that passed some yrs ago. i even traveled to South Carolina to his hometown for his services. i to this day still have his photo hanging on my wall. i am so sorry for your loss. God has give him the wings of a hero. Vol. firefighters seem to never get the true respect and thanks they deserve. so many people "think" we do it for fun. in reality, we as volunteer's take of job very seriously to save life and property. we give it our all and ask "nothing" in return. my prayers are with you all and i have chimmed the bell 3 times.
  • by Tango Location: Tally on Mar 17, 2011 at 07:28 AM
    Anonymous - If YOU yourself read the HOLY BIBLE, you would have kept that snide comment to yourself. "Let he who is without sin, cast the first stone."
  • by Anonymous on Mar 17, 2011 at 06:01 AM
    So sad to hear about Jim's passing, but I have to say if Jesus Christ is a rock in Rutherfords he's read a different bible than I have.
  • by KB Location: Valdosta on Mar 16, 2011 at 09:52 PM
    So sorry for your loss. As the wife of a full time and volunteer fireman my heart goes out to you. Praying God's peace for you all.
  • by Wii Location: Tally on Mar 16, 2011 at 06:57 PM
    Great piping Lt.
  • by tashina Location: madison on Mar 16, 2011 at 06:42 PM
    Jim will be greatly missed by many!
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