Final call for late long-term West Lincoln firefighter

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Outside West Lincoln Fire Department Station One today, the department said goodbye to one of their own.

Alan ‘Whitey’ Joyner died Jan. 4 in his West Lincoln home at the age of 75, after struggling with his health for some time.

Joyner had 37 years with the West Lincoln fire department and is referred to as one of the “founding fathers” of the department by Chris Kivell.

Kivell, a third-generation firefighter and volunteer firefighter in West Lincoln, said that he knew the Joyner family well and was friends not only with Joyner, who retired 25 years ago, but with his son Andrew who currently serves the department.

Shortly after 10 a.m. a hearse carrying Joyner’s body and a convoy of cars rolled past the department, where Joyner received his final call and a salute from members of West Lincoln station one and two fire departments.

“It's hard to say goodbye,” Kivell said. “Even though I wasn't family, I've always been treated like family with them.”

“One thing that he always said is ‘get to know the good people and keep the good people with you, and keep them close,’” Kivell said.

“And he was definitely one of the good people,” added Kivell.

Fire Chief Dennis Fisher called Joyner “a great man who would do anything for anybody.”

“This is the least we could do for a member of our service and a member of our family that has put that amount of time into serving the community and keeping the community safe,” Fisher said.

West Lincoln Ward 3 councillor William Reilly was also in attendance at the salute.

Reilly said moments like these were important, as firefighting can be thankless job that often doesn’t ensure that firefighters who leave their families to go serve the community will come home.

“It's so important that we stand up and we support all of our brave heroes in our community and show the respect that they deserve,” Reilly said.

Joyner’s body was laid to rest later that day.

Moosa Imran, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Grimsby Lincoln News

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