Edward Bridges, age
46, of Austin, TX, entered into eternal rest, October 23, 2009. A U.S. Army
Veteran, Edward was employed by the City of Austin where he worked as a
Firefighter. Preceded in death by his mother Delores Bridges, brother Anthony
Dickerson, grandmother Jessie Dickerson, aunt Ginger Simons, and uncle Ferris
Dickerson, He is survived by wife, Debbie; sons, Edward, III, and Blake; sister,
Monica (Tyrone) Bias; aunt, Sandra (Milford) Hill; sister-in-law, Debbie
Dickerson; and a host of cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Ed's energy and
enthusiasm have touched many, many lives young and old throughout the Austin
area. He worked diligently in AFD with everything from encouraging youth to
participate in the AFD Explorer Post, and LBJís Fire Academy to the
coordination of the AFDís Smoke Alarm Drive and the Fan Drive during Austinís
hot summers, just to name a few. Edís hard work even resulted in AFD receiving
UTís "Outstanding Community
Bridges was one of Austinís African-American Firefighters Associations past
presidents and continued to help in serving our community through the
Association. He served the association well and made major impacts in regards
to the goals and objectives. Edís passion in working for our youth was from his
heart. This was often seen in his positive attitude or in him coming out of his
pocket for cost on items that benefited the Austin community. Ed's positive
impact will be missed.
It is with deep sadness that we must inform you that one of
our own, Firefighter Ed Bridges, passed away early this
On Wednesday of this week, Ed traveled to Columbus, Ohio to
visit family and friends. In the early morning hours of
October 23rd, 2009 Ed appears
to have suffered a sudden and lethal cardiac event.
Members of the Columbus Fire Department, who provided
emergency medical care to Ed, contacted our Lead Battalion
Chief this morning at 0400 to
relay the news and express their condolences. All of Ed's
Central Texas and extended family have been notified.
We are working to notify Firefighter Bridges' large network
of friends, colleagues, and co-workers. As you know, Ed's
energy and enthusiasm have
touched many, many young lives throughout the Austin area.
Contacting the Explorer groups, the LBJ Academy, the
recruiting network, and all
the other community outreach organizations will take several
days. Ed's positive impact will be missed.
We will keep you informed as more details regarding the
funeral and/or memorials are established. For now, your
prayers for family and friends
and kind thoughts are appreciated.
Forwarded from The Executive Team
Ed was one of our past association Presidents and has helped
us with serving our community and AFD. He has served our
association well and made major impacts in regards to our
goals and objectives. We will be sure to pay our respects
Sent on behalf of Bobby Johns
funeral service for Ed will be held Monday, November 2, 2009. at
11:00am. The location is the St. Johns Tabernacle 7501 Blessing Ave.
Austin, TX 78752. A viewing and a wake will be held Sunday,
November 1, 2009 from 2:00pm until 7:00pm at Cook Walden Capital
Parks in Pflugerville, TX.
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