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City Honors Longtime Ennis Volunteer Firefighter

By Marianne Martinez, CBS 11 News
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Ennis Firefighter Jodie W. Harbert.

Ennis Firefighter Jodie W. Harbert.

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ENNIS (CBSDFW.COM) – Jodie Harbert, Jr. spent his life serving the people of Ennis. He started working as a firefighter as a young man in his 20s.

“There was no greater joy for him than being a firefighter here in Ennis,” said his son Jodie Harbert, III.

Harbert remembers tagging along with is father at the station and out on calls.

“Sometimes these days we go way out to find heroes, but I had one at home,” he said.

In fact, if there was a fire or any kind of emergency in Ennis, Harbert Jr. was there. He was so eager to help fight fires, he would literally jump on the engine as it drove down the street.

“He was a man that was so dedicated, that loved everybody,” said Ennis Fire Chief David Hopkins.

Harbert Jr.’s dedication lasted until he was in his 80s.

“’Til two years ago, he could actually climb on top of that pumper and pump it,” Hopkins said.

When he finally retired, Harbert Jr. logged more than 60 years and won several awards.

Hundreds of people are expected pay their respects during Harbert’s funeral this week.

“For the City of Ennis, I think will be the largest funeral ever,” Hopkins said.

Harbert III wants other to remember his father’s spirit of giving. Harbert Jr. never earned a dime as a firefighter. For more than 60 years, he volunteered.

“I think for my dad, there was success in sacrifice. He sacrificed time with his family, his friends. But, I think in that sacrifice that was such great success,” he said.

Funeral Information:
February 17th, 11am. Tabernacle Church, 1200 Country Club Road, Ennis

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