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Livermore Firefighter Succumbs to Lung Cancer

Alameda County Fire Department's Hollis Franks passed away at his Livermore home on Saturday.

Here's an announcement provided by the Alameda County Fire Department:

Livermore — It is with great sadness that we announce the death of a beloved member of the Alameda County Fire Department (ACFD) family.

On June 23, 2012 the ACFD suffered a Line of Duty Death (LODD) — due to illness. Following a brief but valiant battle with lung cancer, Firefighter Hollis Franks passed away at his home in Livermore with family and members of ACFD/International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) Local 55 at his side.

Firefighter Franks was born on October 24, 1946. He was hired into the Alameda County Fire Patrol in Livermore on May 3, 1973. The County Fire Patrol was a Division of the Alameda County Sherriff’s Office until 1993. In 1993, the firefighters with County Fire Patrol were consolidated into the ACFD. Firefighter Franks was a valued member of the ACFD and vital member of ACFD Fire Station 8 (College Avenue, Livermore) his entire career. During his 40- year fire service career, Firefighter Franks received numerous unit citations including the California State Firefighter Medal of Valor.

Firefighter Franks’ commitment was not limited to his community, but also his country.

In 2012, he retired from the military with 33 years of service. During his years in the Army, Firefighter Franks earned numerous commendations including the Bronze Star Medal with "V" Device for his actions on April 5, 1968, the Bronze Star Medal with "V" Device (1st Oak Leaf Cluster) for his actions on September 18, 1968, and the Purple Heart for his wounds received during battle on Aug. 13,1968. These three awards were for acts of heroism in Vietnam.

Firefighter Franks will be missed by his family, church, community, and country. Services will be held on Saturday, June 30th at the at 1501 Hillcrest Avenue in Livermore. A family greeting will begin at 9 a.m. and the memorial service will start at 10 a.m. Active fire department and military personnel attending are encouraged to wear dress (Class A) attire.

Following the memorial service a procession of fire apparatus, military vehicles and classic automobiles will follow the hearse fire engine and family to on East Avenue in Livermore for a military burial.

Parking Instructions   

  • Fire Apparatus attending should park along the north side of Finlay Way entering from Madison Avenue.
  • Military vehicles should be parked on the east side of Hillcrest Avenue between Finlay and Guilford Avenue.
  • Classic automobile should be parked along the south side of Devon Place beginning at Hillcrest Avenue.
  • Church parking is for private vehicles of family and friends.

Flags at all ACFD stations will fly at half-staff until dusk of the burial of Firefighter Franks. Badge shrouds by all ACFD personnel will also be worn during the same period of time.

Roxanne June 28, 2012 at 10:25 PM
Thank you for your service Firefighter Franks. Prayers and condolences to your family and friends.
Carlos Rodrigues June 28, 2012 at 11:43 PM
Firefighter Franks is a perfect example of an "All-American Hero". Caroline and I send our prayers to the family and to the brothers and sisters of Local 55. There are hundreds of dedicated firefighting professionals out there. When you see them out and about..... Please offer a "Thank You" and that you appreciate their sacrifice. I'm from the same era as F/F Franks... I say to you, Welcome Home Hollis, Welcome Home. He will know waht it means. Carlos Rodriguez Fire Chief, Retired
Terry Givens June 29, 2012 at 12:53 AM
We have lost a true human being with Hollis's passing. Hollis dedicated his life to protecting people. From serving in Vietnam, his long tenure in the Army Reserves and his 34 years in the fire service, Hollis was there for you. He was and always will be my friend, mentor and idol. Hollis loved being at Station 8 and protecting the people who passed through Station 8's jurisdiction. He knew theLivermore Valley it's ranches, the ranchers and the need to protect their grass for feed. Soon Station Eight will close mnaybe it's fitting now that we have lost Hollis. Lung cancer from his years of service has taken his life, let us not forget Hollis. He gave his life for us. I will always love and remember him. Rest in Peace Hollis
Cop Mom June 29, 2012 at 03:52 AM
My heart goes out to Hollis Franks family. He was such a hard worker and dedicated to his family, friends, and his job. I met Hollis while working at Livermore Mayflower in the 80's, he was truly a wonderful man and a good friend. I am sorry to say I had not seen him in years, God Bless dear friend.
Trader Lu June 29, 2012 at 05:34 AM
Good man. A great loss for our community.
Barbara Sheatsley June 29, 2012 at 11:19 PM
Sleep comes to a dear, beloved heart. Gone but never forgotten
Anne Freitas June 30, 2012 at 02:11 PM
I think sometimes God loves his child so much he just has to bring them home. Your last second on earth is your first second in heaven. I hope in time this will bring comfort to those who love him. God Bless Firefighter Hollis
Jim Horton July 01, 2012 at 04:24 AM
God Bless from a fellow public servant
Lil Ol Me July 02, 2012 at 03:03 AM
This man saved my father out of a burning vehicle that crashed on the freeway after a diesel truck hit him. The car was engulfed with flames and my father was burning alive and yet Hollis didn't hesitate at all and jumped right in there and helped my dad. I thank you Hollis. God reserved a special place in Heaven for you. Thank you again for saving my dads life back in 1989. He is alive mainly because of the heroic deed you did that day.
Eric N Franks July 02, 2012 at 05:14 AM
Thank you all for your kind words, and to those who knew my dad, thank you to all of Alameda County Fire Dept, a brotherhood like none other. I could not ask for a better dad, he was a man of integrity, compassion, selfless service. I have big shoes to fill, but I am proud to be one of his children!
Bobby Jefcoat July 19, 2012 at 02:38 AM
I don't know if any of the family will read this, but I served with Hollis in the same Platoon in Vietnam. We met again last Sept at the 9th Division Mobile Riverine Force Re-Union in Indianapolis. I had no idea he was ill at that time and was hoping he would be at the next Re-Union. He was wounded in Vietnam on August 13, 1968...that was the day I was injured also, but I did not remember his injury that day, but we "made contact" with the enemy for several days during and up to that day. I had heard of Hollis's death, but had been unable to find an address for a card of sympathy. He was a good man and I know he will be remembered by all his buddies from the Unit in Nam. May God allow you peace. Bobby Jefcoat bobbyjefcoat@cableone.net
Akiko July 19, 2012 at 05:13 PM
What a loss to the community. Thank you to Hollis for his service, in the service and in fire fighting. I am praying that family and friends are finding their sadness of their loss slowly replaced by smiles of fond memories. I might add that although I did not know Hollis personally, he must have been a good man, as I met his son, Sage, last night and he's a fine young man. Continued prayers for all.

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