Updated: July 5, 2010
James R. Russell passed away on March 8, 2010. Jim was born 7-3-34 in Douglas, AZ. Jim was hired on to Tucson Fire Department April 4, 1960, promoted to BC January 18, 1976, promoted to AC February 13, 1977, promoted to Deputy Chief April 18, 1982. Jim retired as Deputy Chief on July 30, 1990. Jim was the 54th person assigned a Chief Officer title since the beginning of the Tucson Fire Department.
Jim was a founding member and long time board member of both the Rusty Bucket Volunteer Fire Brigade and the Old Pueblo Vintage Fire Brigade. Jim was instrumental in getting the City of Tucson 1928 Ahrens Fox restoration project initiated in 2006, and in 2005, Jim became a Founding Board Member and Restoration Director of Last Alarm Foundation’s 1954 Mack Fire Engine Funeral Hearse Project, where Jim directed the meticulous details of the ongoing restoration project.
Our condolences to all of Jim’s family and friends. Jim will be missed!!