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Moulton will honor fallen firefighters

By Kristen Bishop · 340-2443

MOULTON — The Moulton Fire Department will honor two firefighters Wednesday who died in the line of duty Feb. 21, 2006.

A wall collapsed on volunteer firefighters Lloyd McCulloch, 63, and Dustin “Dusty” Jones, 23, while they were fighting a fire at Outdoor Parts and Equipment on Morgan Street in Moulton.

According to family members, both men had dreamed of being firefighters since they were children and died doing what they liked to do.

McCulloch grew up next to the old Moulton fire station on Walnut Street, said his daughter, Beth Vinson.

“He’d watch the firetrucks leave all the time, and he’d pretend like his bicycle was a firetruck,” she said. “They let him in at 16 — the usual age was 18 — but they said he had been chasing firetrucks for so long, they’d just let him in early.”

After 42 years with the fire department, McCulloch was nearing the end of his career. Jones was just beginning.

Jones decided he wanted to be a firefighter after being rescued from a fire when he was a small child, said Vinson. The fire killed his baby sitter and severely burned him, causing his skin to web.

At 19, he became a volunteer firefighter.

McCulloch’s service inspired Moulton Fire Chief Keith Vinson to pursue a firefighting career.

Keith Vinson spent a lot of time with McCulloch in high school while dating Beth Vinson, now his wife.

Last week, Keith Vinson announced his retirement effective June 1. He will have served the fire department for 25 years.

Beth Vinson said community members have been overwhelmingly gracious since the firefighters’ deaths. The fire department also saw a surge in people interested in volunteering.

“It’s just been a continued support,” she said. “We all just wanted to be together, remember these men and to say thank you to all the people who have helped during this time.”

The memorial is from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Moulton Fire Department.

At 5:30, Keith and Beth Vinson will present a commemorative print of the firefighters to Mayor Ray Alexander. The print will be on permanent display at Moulton City Hall.

A committee made up of
Keith and Beth Vinson, City Clerk Shirley Gilley and Tammy Vinson planned the memorial.

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