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    Thank you for your support Baytown! Baytown Professional Firefighters will donate over $15,000.00 to the San-Jac Methodist Cancer center. This could not have been possible had it not been for the care and compassion of the Baytown community.

    This was the inaugural event and was a huge success, we will invite them back again next year and hopefully every year after that.

    Thanks again for helping to make this event such a success. The women of the Baytown community will benefit from your generosity!

    Mark Medrano

    Brandon's Background


    As a native of Baytown, Brandon graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in 1990. After receiving a certificate in computer aided drafting from Lee College, Brandon enlisted in the United States Air Force from 1992-1996. Brandon served domestically and in Saudi Arabia during the closing phases of Operation Desert Storm. Brandon completed his Bachelor's (B.A)  from the University of Houston Clear-Lake in 2000. In 1994, Brandon married his high school sweetheart Blanca and they have two children. Brandon is employed at NASA Johnson Space Center as a Quality Manager.

    Service to the community

    Brandon has served honorably on Baytown City Council since 2005. He has also be elected among his peers on council to serve as Mayor Pro-Tem for two consecutive terms from 2007-2009.

    Brandon serves on the Goose Creek Education Foundation Board of Directors. This foundation has been established to raise funding to help teachers with additional needed resources to enhance learning activities for our school children.

    Brandon also is one of only 35 members of the Houston-Galveston Area Council that represents our 13 county region.  H-GAC is the regional organization through which local governments consider issues and cooperate in solving area wide problems such as traffic mobility.

    Brandon is a life-member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 912 in Baytown. He served as Post Commander from 2003-2005.

     Personal interest

    Brandon enjoys spending time with his family, vacationing, camping, and of course a backyard barbecue.

    Notice to Members
    President, 3rd Vice president, Secretary, and Trustee are up for election for the 2009 December meeting.
    Crain nominated Munoz for President 2nd by Mendisabal.
    Munoz did not accept nomination. The President position was unopposed, there for  
    Medrano to remain as President thru acclamation.  
    The Secretary and the Trustee were unopposed, there for Roberts to remain as Secretary and Munoz to remain as Trustee thru acclamation.
    There will be an election for the 3rd Vice President position.
    J Carr nominated Cox 2nd by Crain. Cox accepted nomination.
    Hawkins nominated Lowell 2nd by Murrell. Lowell accepted nomination.
    There will be a mail out ballot sent to all good standing Union members for the election.
    The ballot box will be placed at the Fire Administration Building.
    The ballot box will remain there until 1600 hrs on the day of the December meeting.
    The Election Committee will consist of Murrell, Hawkins, and Mendisabal
    If your address is not current you will not receive a ballot. If you know your address is not current please contact the Election Committee.
    Services for Two Fallen Texas Fire Fighters
    Posted On: Jan 28, 2009 (14:57:30) Print or Save this ArticlePRINT/SAVE ArticleEmail Article to FriendEMAIL Article

    Kyle Perkins

    January 27, 2009 – Two Kilgore, TX Local 2996 fire fighters were killed in a training accident on January 25, 2009. Kyle Perkins, 45, and Cory Galloway, 23, fell from a bucket attached to a retractable platform.


    “Each time a brother or sister fire fighter makes the ultimate sacrifice, the loss weighs heavily on the hearts and minds of all of us,” says IAFF General President Harold Schaitberger. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and members of Local 2996.”

    “All of us in the 11th District are in shock over what happened to our brothers,” says IAFF 11th District Vice President Sandy McGhee. “Despite the dangers of our profession, we always expect to go home at the end of our shift.” McGhee remains in touch with the local and is working to provide any assistance needed.

    Perkins’ visitation will be held Wednesday, January 28, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Chandler St. Church of Christ’s annex building, the GO Center, located at 2700 Chandler Street, Kilgore, Texas 75662. The funeral will be Thursday, January 29, at 4:00 p.m at Kilgore College’s Dodson Auditorium, located on the corner of U.S. Highway 259 and Nolen Street, Kilgore, Texas 75662.


    Cory Galloway

    Viewing for Galloway will be held Thursday, January 29, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the Hillard Funeral Home at 386 North Maple, Van, Texas 75790. A rosary will follow at 7:00 p.m.


    The funeral will be at 1:00 p.m. Friday, January 30, at the First Baptist Church on 119 East Main, Van, Texas 75790. The burial will follow in the Fairway Garden of Memories Cemetery located on Highway 16 West in Van.

    On January 25, Perkins and Galloway were training with their fellow fire fighters on a new piece of apparatus at an eight-story building located on the Kilgore College Campus. The fire department had just acquired the E-One 95-foot platform aerial truck which has a bucket attached.

    Initial reports indicate that the bucket became lodged. As fire fighters worked to free the bucket, Perkins and Galloway were thrown to the ground. The two were transported to Longview Hospital, where they later died of their injuries.

    Former Local 2996 president Kyle Huckabee and members James Sanders and Robert King also suffered injuries. The three injured are expected to fully recover.

    “We are getting a lot of support from the IAFF and some nearby locals,” says Raymon Coven, president of Local 2996. “The loss of our two brothers is heartbreaking, but we are holding up the best we can.”

    Perkins had been with the Kilgore Fire Department and a member of Local 2996 since 2004. He was considered to be an exemplary fire fighter. After being nominated by his captains and battalion chiefs, Perkins was “Fire Fighter of the Year” in 2008.

    Galloway joined the fire department and Local 2996 in January 2008 and was deemed by many to be a fire fighter dedicated to duty and professionalism.

    Perkins is survived by his wife, Linda; his daughter, Laura; his son, Travis; his mother, Loree Baird Perkins Samford; his father, William Lee Perkins, and his sister, Lanea Cope.

    Galloway is survived by his parents, Luke and Regina Galloway, fiancé Sarah Hunt, two sisters, Jade Hopson and Caitlin Galloway; grandparents Ann Galloway, A.J. and Helen Griffith.


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