In Memory of Assistant Chief W. Mark Braswell
At approximately 3:30 p.m. on May 16, 2014, the Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department responded to an incident involving a bicycle near the intersection of N. Bridgeland Lake Parkway and Shorelands Place. The patient was then airlifted to the medical center where doctors announced that he had passed away due to severe trauma sustained during the accident.
The cyclist has been identified as Assistant Chief W. Mark Braswell, assistant chief of Support Services at the Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department. Chief Braswell was also a captain at the Houston Fire Department (HFD)—Station 6.
Chief Braswell has been a member of the Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department since 1988 where he rose gracefully through the ranks to assistant chief, displaying strength, honor, and commitment to his community. There he oversaw the daily operations of the dispatch center, communications officers and technicians, and the public information officers for the fire department. Among all of these responsibilities at CFVFD and HFD, Chief Braswell was a dedicated and devoted husband and father.
Our hearts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Chief Braswell.
Thoughts from those affiliated with the IAED:
Carlynn Page—Associate Director of IAEMD
I will always remember and be grateful for Mark's contagious smile. The 9-1-1 profession is better because of his leadership and example!
Tom Somers—IAED Fire Council of Standards; LAFD, Retired
Mark, can only say a few words: You are good people; you loved your family and the people you served. I will miss you. Hope to see you later.
Charlotte Hughlett—Former IAED Associate Director
I had the pleasure of knowing Mark through work at IAED when I was sent to Cy-Fair many years ago to teach the dispatchers how to use the Fire Protocols that were being implemented in the Cy-Fair VFD. He was dedicated to excellence for the Cy-Fair VFD and ensured his department became an Accredited Center of Excellence. The love he had for his family was always evident even though he was dedicated to his work. His commitment to having fun when off duty as a firefighter was also obvious to those of us that had the pleasure of knowing Mark. His humor and smile would light up the room. Mark, you will be missed by many both from a personal side as well as all of us who worked with you.
Gary Galasso—IAED Fire Council of Standards
Mark has been a long-standing member of our council and a dear friend. Because he represented both a major metropolitan fire service and the largest volunteer fire department, his contributions were invaluable. His greatest gift to the International Academy has been his commitment and involvement in the advancement of the Fire Protocol, and this will be forever woven into the fabric of the EFD.
Mike Thompson—IAED Fire Council of Standards
Mark's friendship and many contributions to the development of the Fire Protocol will never be forgotten. Mark could always be depended on to give of his time and expertise to make the process and the Fire Protocol move forward. Mark's service and contributions will serve not only the Protocol for years to come but also the fire service as a whole. He will be greatly missed.