Benny Gracy Memorial Fire Station #1
305 E. Boydstun Ave.
This station was built in 1984 and later named for Chief Benny Gracy who died April 28, 1985 in the line of duty, while attempting to rescue four citizens from floodwater. Administrative offices are located at this station.
In the history of the fire department, ¬†we have lost one HERO in the line of duty. It was April 28, 1985 when Chief Benny Gracy lost his life while attempting to rescue four citizens from floodwater. Chief Gracy, Mark Poindexter, and Deputy Blain Smith responded to a call on Interstate 30 north service road of four citizens trapped in rising floodwater on Buffalo Creek. Deputy Smith had rescued one of the citizens by the time Chief Gracy and Mark Poindexter arrived. During the attempt to rescue the other three, Chief Gracy, Deputy Smith, and two of the citizens were swept down stream. One of the citizens was trapped in a car at that location. Deputy Smith, Mark Poindexter and two citizens survived. Two citizens and Chief Benny Gracy perished. He gave the ultimate sacrifice to rescue lives.
In 1985 the 1985 pumper truck was dedicated in memory of our fallen hero. The Central Fire Station name was changed to Benny Gracy Memorial Fire Station. His picture hangs in the bay area overlooking us on a daily basis reminding all the firemen of who he was, what volunteering stood for, his dedication to the job, and that any of us could ultimately lose our life when the alarm sounds.