He was 89.
"He was the best fire chief we ever had, and I believe he served longer than any other chief," said former state Sen.
Maddox died peacefully in his sleep Wednesday after having some trouble walking in recent weeks, Cheeks said.
Raised with several siblings in a home on
Maddox saw combat in the
Maddox enjoyed the support of several
Cheeks, who served on the
In 1980, Maddox was elected chairman of the Georgia Firefighters Pension Board, a position he held until 1997. He was named
With his leadership, when
Retiring at the end of 1996 under an enhanced retirement plan, Maddox said he was deeply disappointed in the commission's selection of someone from outside
Atkins said Maddox was the "epitome of what a fire chief is supposed to be. Tough but fair. Always seeking the best for his firefighters."
Maddox lost his wife of 65 years, Helen, in 2014. He is survived by his son,
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