BUCKNER, Ill. (WSIL) — A pillar of the Buckner Volunteer Fire Department is being remembered.
Friends and family of Fire Commissioner, Deputy Chief Jim Sneddon shared some of their favorite memories of him.
Everyone who knew Sneddon thought of him as the type of man everyone thought was truly amazing.
Sneddon spent over half his life as part of the fire service industry, 41 years.
Everyone who knew the late Deputy Chief would describe him as a kind and genuine man
“He had a heart of gold. Now it’s just simply, he had a heart of gold,” said Assistant Fire Chief Donald Learned
Assistant Fire Chief Learned said Sneddon was also friendly and he himself didn’t know of anyone who didn’t like him.
Buckner Volunteer Fire Chief David Dolderer viewed Sneddon the same way, but also remembers how he was a pillar of leadership for the department.
“A pillar in the fire service or building construction. It is the support, it is the strength, it is the main support of the structure. If you don’t have a pillar your structure is compromised moving on without James. It’s going to be very very difficult,” said Fire Chief Dolderer.
The Chief says he loved talking to them about his family, fire fighting and the community, as he served many different roles, including serving as a former trustee on the village board.
His son traveled to Buckner from Centralia after finding about his dad’s death.
“There was a sense of comfort because of the firemen here. Even through I’ve been gone for 21 years I still know a lot of these guys up here and there was a sense of comfort of the guys that were there on the call,” said Sneddon’s son Andrew.
“Jim is going to be greatly missed. We love him and we miss him more than words can say to describe him,” said Chief Dolderer.
In a statement released by village leaders, they said they all have different memories of Sneddon, but they all agree he truly loved and lived for this family and his community.
Sneddon left behind a daughter, son, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
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