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Chief Coleman

J. M. Coleman
Jonesboro Fire Department - November 4, 1961

J. M. “Ruff” Coleman served as Fire Chief from 1954 to 1961. On November, 4th 1961 Chief Coleman suffered a fatal heart attack at Station 1 after fighting a fire at the Nettleton School Vo-Agri. Building. Chief Coleman had worked as a fireman in Jonesboro from 1937 to 1941 when he left to serve as a civilian Fire Chief at Camp Shelby military base in Mississippi. He came back to the Jonesboro Department in 1954 when he was appointed Chief.

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