In memory of William “Willie” West

William “Willie” West was born on April 24, 1956. In 1989, Willie began his fire service career with Lockheed Missiles and Space as a firefighter. In November 2002, he was hired by the East Contra Costa FPD as a firefighter. He was promoted to Engineer in June of 2006.

William passed away at his home on June 11, 2012 due to complications of job related cancer. He was surrounded by family and fellow firefighters. Willie was known for his professionalism, kindness, and sincere gentle spirit.

Services will be held today at 11:00 a.m. at Golden Hills Community Church of Brentwood, 2401 Shady Willow Ln, Brentwood, CA 94513

Condolences – Family has asked that donations be made to the Willie West Fund in lieu of flowers Please send donations c/o: IAFF Local 1230 112 Blue Ridge Dr. Martinez, CA 94553

A Firefighter’s Prayer

When I am called to duty, God
Wherever flames may rage
Give me strength to save a life
Whatever be its age.

Let me embrace a little child
Before it is too late,
Or save an older person from
The horror of that fate.

Enable me to be alert
And to hear the weakest shout,
And quickly and efficiently
To put the fire out.

I want to fill my calling
To give the best in me
To guard my friend and neighbor
And protect their property.

And, if according to your will
I must answer my final call,
Bless with your protecting hand
My family one and all.


About Kevin

Mayor - City of Oakley, Data Center Manager of Mainframe Operations and Optimization – USS-POSCO INDUSTRIES, Co-Founder and Board Member - Friends of Oakley A Community Foundation, Advisory Board – Opportunity Junction, Commissioner - Contra Costa Transportation Authority, Board Member - Tri Delta Transit and Transplan
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