Local Widow Conveys Gratitude to “Three Angel” Firefighters for Their Kindness


On May 18, 2017, Ezra Sims, Texarkana, Arkansas passed away peacefully as he was praying in his residence. Three Texarkana, Arkansas Fire Department firefighters responded to the emergency call and attempted to resuscitate Sims. Lilly Sims, spouse of Ezra, wanted to convey her gratitude to those “three angels” who comforted her during the time of tragedy.

Captain Jeff Tanner, Firefighter Nathan Reeves, and Engineer Travis Deel returned to the residence on May 24th with flowers and card as they checked in on the Sims family. The firefighters said they wanted Lilly to know that they cared about her.

Captain Tanner said, “This was just a sad call. We have a lot of calls and some stick more than others. We care about our community and wanted to do something nice in return.”

Ezra was charismatic and personable, well liked in the community. “He dedicated his time to helping his local church and valued everything his hands touched,” said Sims. He was a Texarkana native, only moving away after joining the United States Air Force, but moved back in 2008.

Ezra worked at Red River Army Depot and he and Lilly were married for 38 years and he is survived by his wife, four children, and 8 grandkids.

Card signed by Captain Jeff Tanner, Firefighter Nathan Reeves, and Engineer Travis Deel
(Photo by Erin Rogers | TXK Today)
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