Stephen D. Parsons
Steve began his fire service career in the 1970's as a volunteer in the Cross Lanes area.
After working for the Kanawha County Sheriff's Department for eight years he decided to pursue his first love full-time at the St. Albans Fire Department.
"The Fire Service is very rewarding because it provides you the opportunity to serve people and help them in a time of need".
When not involved with the department he
spends time cycling both on road and mountain bikes, hunting and fishing as well as anything in the outdoors.
has traveled to Malawi, Africa twice as a Missionary to provide training to that country's firefighters.
The country of 11 million has only four fire departments.
While in Africa he
also traveled to remote villages in Mozambique to help establish literacy projects.
In March of 2010 he
traveled to Haiti after the devastating earthquake and was attached to the Delaware Medical Response Team in Jacmel where he
supervised the triage of over 200 patients per day.
"The devastation has left a lasting impression", Chief parsons said, "He
visits Haiti with a team each year from his
church and will be building an orphanage for the "Hands and Feet Project" in Grand Goave.
In November 2011 he
own street ministry, Taking It To The Streets", to help the homeless, the hungry and seniors in care homes.