New brush truck dedicated in memory of Alex White
SAN ANTONIO - The South Bexar Volunteer Fire Department has named its new brush truck, "Little Redneck," after Alex White.
The young firefighter died in the line of duty in December from respiratory problems after responding to a call for a structure fire.
"He was a very dedicated member of our department," said Captain David Crowley. "We just couldn't have run him off with a gatling gun and a stick. I mean, he was here to stay."
Crowley says White showed up at the ripe old age of 15 and became a junior firefighter. Upon turning 18, he became a full-fledged member of the fire department.
Throughout his time at the department, he would earn a nickname. It explains the writing on the side of the new brush truck - Little Redneck.
Once upon a time, he showed up to a fire wearing a cowboy hat, basketball shorts, a western shirt with snap pearl buttons, and yes, a pair of suspenders, explained Crowley.
"We teased him about it," said Crowley just before the dedication ceremony. "But it was all in family fun. He was really part of our family. He touched every one of us in some way."
Family and friends surrounded him with tears in their eyes and smiles on their faces.
Crowley's mother, Jackie Moore, took her son's picture frame that was sitting near the outside of the windshield. She hopped in the new truck bearing her son's name, and took off for the inaugural ride.
The truck was decked out with a camouflage steering wheel and seat covers. Moore says it's a reminder of her son, and for that first ride, she couldn't have felt closer to him.
"He was there," she said. "He wouldn't have it any other way."
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