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Friday, June 29, 2012

LODD: Alameda County Firefighter Hollis Franks

Alameda County Firefighters Assocation, IAFF Local 55, is saddened to announce the line-of-duty death of Alameda County Firefighter Hollis Franks.

On June 23rd, following a brief but valiant battle with job-related lung cancer, Brother Franks passed away at his home in Livermore with family and members of ACFD/IAFF-L55 at his side.
Brother Franks was born on October 24, 1946.  Hollis was a valued member of the Alameda County Fire Department and a vital member of Fire Station 8 (College Avenue, Livermore) his entire career. During his 40-year fire service career he received numerous unit citations including the California State Firefighter Medal of Valor.
Hollis’ commitment was not limited to his community, but also his country. In 2012, he retired from the military with 33 years of service. During his years in the Army, Hollis earned numerous commendations including the Bronze Star Medal with "V" Device for actions on April 5, 1968, the Bronze Star Medal with "V" Device (1st Oak Leaf Cluster) for his actions on September18, 1968, and the Purple Heart for his wounds received during battle, August13, 1968. These three awards were for acts of heroism in Vietnam.

Memorial Service
Date: Saturday, June 30, 2012
Time: 10:00am. (Family Greeting will begin at 9:00am.)

Apparatus Procession

Following the memorial service a procession of fire apparatus, military vehicles and classic automobiles will follow the hearse fire engine and family to Memory Garden Cemetery in Livermore for a military burial.
Parking Instructions: Fire Apparatus attending should park along the north side of Finlay Way entering from Madison Avenue.
Military vehicles should be parked on the east side of Hillcrest Avenue between finlay and Guilford Avenue.
Classic automobile should be parked along the south side of Devon Place beginning at Hillcrest Avenue.
Church parking is for private vehicles of family and friends.

Following internment, a reception for all uniformed personnel will be held at Terra Mia Restaurant, 4040 East Ave. Livermore 94550, from 12:30 to 3:00PM.

Condolences to Brother Hollis' wife Mary and his family can be sent via Local 55
C/O Alameda County Firefighters Local 55
369 15th Street
Oakland, CA 94612


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