Alfred F. 'Al' Dreves Lawton, OKAl passed away on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 in Lawton. He was born on December 8, 1941, son of the late Alfred F. Dreves Sr. and Lela Dreves Goebel. Al was a 1959 graduate of Schalmont High School and in 1960 joined the Army. He served two tours of duty in Vietnam. While in the service Al received many awards and medals including Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star, and numerous Army Commendations and air medals. He retired from the Oklahoma National Guard with the rank of major. Al was a vol- unteer firefighter for Cox's Store Volunteer Fire Dept. from 1989 until the present. He served as chief for 17 years. Al was the first person in Okla- homa to receive the Volunteer Firefighter of the Year award in 2009. He was a member of the Lawton Rangers, his local VFW Post, M.O.W.W., and the Vietnam Helicopter Pilot Asso- ciation. Survivors include his wife Jody of Lawton; son, Christo- pher Dreves of Fayetteville, AR; brother, Jeffrey (Marlene) Dreves of Girard, OH; sister, Amelia (Sean) Hallam of Sche- nectady; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brothers-in-law; nieces and nephews, and a host of loving friends. Funeral services were held in Lawton. Interment with full military honors took place at Fort Sill National Cemetery in Oklahoma. Contributions may be made to the Cox's Store Volunteer Fire Dept., 14810 Northeast Rogers Lane, Lawton, OK 73507.
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Published in The Daily Gazette Co. on Mar. 17, 2013