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CVFD gives last call for 8-year veteran

November 24, 2018

Community Volunteer Fire Department posted on Facebook Nov. 21 the last call for Lt. Cindy Adams.

The eight-year veteran of the department died Nov. 13. Assigned to Station 2, she served as a fire suppression lieutenant and EMT-Intermediate. The department said her death was unexpected and not in the line of duty. Her husband is a captain at the same station.

Johnny Mitchell, assistant fire chief, said he had known Adams, 44, since she started with the fire department. She started as an EMT and then attended the fire academy.

At the academy, she won an award for highest grade in the class. In her third year of service, she was named firefighter/EMT of the year, he said.

At the Nov. 20 funeral, Fire Chief Bobby Clark announced that the Officer of the Year award will hereafter by named the Cindy Adams Award to honor her legacy and to make sure she’s never forgotten, said Mitchell.

Though she was small in stature, she was unstoppable.

“There was never a limit for her. She would figure a way to get the job done. If you knew Cindy was on the scene, you knew things would be OK,” said Mitchell.

There was always a joke about her feet, he said.

“She had the smallest feet. She had to special order her boots.”

Mitchell traces her interest in public safety back to Pennsylvania where her father was an EMT.

“She loved what she did,” Mitchell said. “She was damned good at it. One of the best EMTs I’ve ever know.

“She also was the first female suppression officer we’ve ever had,” he added.

The department promoted Adams to lieutenant earlier in the year.

“We were very proud to promote her. She deserved it. She was very proud to receive that position.”

Mitchell said department officials are talking of the possibility of working with the Anne Sullivan Foundation, which raises funds and scholarships for women in the fire service. Sullivan was one of four Houston firefighters killed in the May 31, 2013 Southwest Inn fire.

Adams’ funeral service was relocated to a larger room to accommodate all the firefighters, family members and friends who attended.

“She (Cindy) touched a lot of people. She strived for perfection. She didn’t like incompetence and she would let you know if you weren’t doing it right,” said Mitchell. “She was good. She was very good. She’s definitely going to be missed.”

During the Last Call on Facebook, the dispatcher says, “Cindy your work here is done. Your dedication and the selfless service you provided to your community will never be forgotten. May you rest in peace knowing that your strength and legacy will live on in your husband. And that your honor will continue on with all of us. Thank you for your service. We’ve got it from here. Lt. Cindy Adams out of service. 15-13”

karen.zurawski@chron.com

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