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First Due: The Love that We Share

Reginald Freeman explains why the brotherhood and sisterhood trumps everything else that's going on around us.

Reginald Freeman

Oct 1st, 2020 from Firehouse Magazine

"Civil unrest and protests have embroiled various cities across our great nation for several months now because of several shootings that involved law enforcement..." 

A Message From Our Chair

Greetings Brothers and Sisters,


The fire service community lost a fearless leader and guiding force on November 20, 2020.

Chief Winston Minor passed away with his loving wife, Angela, by his side. Friends and colleagues deeply admire him for his humanity, strong leadership, his dedication to family and his community, and his commitment to his career in fire service.  He will be remembered for many selfless virtues, not the least of which was his dedication to saving lives and to providing employment opportunities and professional development to enhance the lives of our nation’s veterans through Troops To Firefighters, the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization he founded.

Chief Minor was extremely proud of his ascension to the rank of Fire Chief in the city of Atlanta Fire Department. As the Chief, he led the modernization of the department, borrowing from the insights of national and international associates he worked with over the years. In 2014, Chief Minor, benefiting from his rank of Fire Chief, founded Troops To Firefighters, a nonprofit organization that has successfully transitioned military service members and their spouses who aspire to careers as nationally certified firefighters and 9-1-1 emergency call center operators.

His service as a leader in fire service will forever be remembered and valued by the communities he served.  His optimism, work ethic, and service orientation was the foundation of Troops to Firefighters, and his pursuit in making a difference in the lives of others, no matter how challenging the path forward, will be a large part of his legacy.   

With a heavy heart,

David Harris

BCOC Chair

Click here to watch A Celebration of Life Service for Retired Chief Winston Minor Live Stream Saturday November 28, 2020 at 12:00 PM EST
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