Fire Chief Dorris

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A native of South Florida, retired Miami Beach Fire Chief Dorris passed away at the age of 68 on Jan. 31, 2010, in Cumming of Alzheimer's disease. Fire Chief for eight years (1985-1994), he spent 31 years in fire service, after beginning his career as a West Miami policeman/fireman before joining the City of Miami Beach Fire Department where he spent 28 years working his way up through the ranks. Imbued with a sense of responsibility as a son, husband, father, friend and dedicated public servant, he touched many lives. He led with the conviction that it is people who matter, holding himself and his department to the highest standards. With great pride, we remember his many selfless acts, helpful hands, bravery and leadership.
Born in West Miami, Mr. Dorris attended Southwest High School and the University of Florida. He lived in Kendall until 2007, when he moved to Georgia to be closer to his daughters and grandchildren.
He is survived by wife of 46 years, Gail Dorris; two daughters, Joyce Dorris, Lisa Roberts; son-in-law, John Roberts; four grandchildren, Amanda, Blake, Shelby Roberts, Laura Grace Goldberg; his twin brother, Dr. George Dorris and wife Paula; uncle, Reverend Glenn Dorris and wife Frances; and several extended family members.
His family will greet guests prior to the memorial service to be held at Ingram Funeral Home in Cumming on Friday, Feb. 5, at 11 a.m., followed by interment at Sawnee View Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to The Last Alarm, c/o Miami Beach Fire Department (supporting families of firefighters fallen in the line of duty), 160 Meridian Ave, #202, Miami Beach, FL 33139.
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Ingram Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.
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Cumming, GA 30040
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Published in from Feb. 2 to Feb. 6, 2010