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John Walton Withers 1951 - 2016

John Walton Withers

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November 23, 2016
John you kept me in line as a young Captain and would remind me every time my engine drove by your office without our headsets on that I better get it together. John was a fire department Health and Safety Officer and among one of the first ones in the US. You will be missed and the world is short one good man!!
July 12, 2016
There are very few of us still on the AFD who worked with Withers. I recall his nickname and the "weasel" reminded me of those times. Far different from today. I worked with John and I have thought about him from time to time. I hope his retirement years were all he hoped for. Greg G
June 27, 2016
Celebrating a life well lived. We will cherish the memories forever.
June 18, 2016
My dear friend JW I will always remember the hunting,fishing,snowmachining and cabin building trips we experienced. It was a great time on Engine 5 with never a dull moment!! Rest in Peace Brother.
June 17, 2016
John was great AFD family. I've tried to locate and check in with him a few times in the past...sorry I didn't connect as he was one of the good guys. Had the distinct pleasure of working at Fightin' Five with J Dub. Spent a lot of time bouncing balls off the wall there with Jakari paddles when he introduced us to Jakari. Working Spenard was active and sometimes eery...John had our backs more than once on some pretty rough responses...won't ever forget him...he was one that made AFD real family and I will miss not being able to catch up with condolences especially to John's family
June 16, 2016
Denise: I am so sorry to read of John's passing. Your husband was a good fireman; father and a friend you could rely on.

Kimberly and Jenny: Oh little girls, you are your father. Comfort your mom and carry on.

John's pal, Jim
June 15, 2016
I had the opportunity to work with John for many years. As others have noted, his impact as the Safety Officer and then Health and Safety Officer were near ground-breaking. And even though he would read directly from the Federal Regulations during his training sessions, his heart was always in the right place as he tried to keep all of his co-workers and others, safe. I was truly stunned to learn of his passing. He will be missed. May his family receive some level of peace in knowing what he accomplished in helping others. Tom Wells
June 15, 2016
One of the first fire department HAO's in the US and did a spectacular job. Right guy. Right place. Right time. He left a lasting legacy.
June 15, 2016
He will e missed by all. RIP John.

L Barnes
June 15, 2016
John Withers was a great guy, always with a smile on his face and bringing constructive humor into every situation. I knew him during his AFD time and worked with him several years at various ranks, and was his Engineer for a time.

Some years ago while I found it challenging at times to inculcate greater safety awareness into the AFD culture as one of the first three 56 hr shift safety officers, his task was 100x more challenging as the very first and lone full-time Health and Safety Officer years earlier. His commitment moved the department light years ahead from where it had been in health and safety, and he almost always kept a smile on his face despite the challenges. His efforts were truly the foundation for the exemplary Health/Safety program AFD employees benefit from today.

Some years later when John went through his long-distance running phase, we worried about him losing a bunch of weight, but eventually he got back to a more normal weight and remained a healthy example for others through his AFD years. His impact was real and something to be proud of.

Away from work, I recall hiking over Crow Pass with him and Jack Gallion, also set-netting with them somewhere down near K Beach road. You never quite knew what was gonna happen on an adventure with these guys, but you could know it was gonna be fun!

Regretfully, I lost touch with John after he moved to Oregon, but during those AFD years, I knew him as a proud father, a positive spirit, and overall really good guy.

My sincere condolences to John's family, and my thoughts are with them...

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