AUBURN, AL (WTVM) - Auburn officials have confirmed that Fire Chief Lee Lamar has passed away.
On Wednesday, Feb. 18, the following release was posted on the
The City of Auburn family is saddened today by the death of a dear friend and colleague, Fire Chief Lee Lamar. After an extended illness, Lee passed away peacefully this morning surrounded by family and friends. Lee served the City of Auburn for 33 years and led the Fire Division since July 2008.
City leaders weighed in on Chief Lamar and his legacy in the following statements:
"Lee was a great friend and coworker that cared about everyone he came into contact with. Lee will be greatly missed. Thanks to his leadership, the Fire Division is well equipped to continue to pursue excellence." - Public Safety Director Bill James.
"Lee was a dedicated professional who cared deeply about this community and the men and women with whom he served. To the end, he maintained a positive outlook, his sense of humor, and his commitment to public service. Please be in prayer for his family and friends." - City Manager Charles M. Duggan, Jr.
"I was very sad to hear the news of Fire Chief Lee Lamar's passing. Lee was completely dedicated to the fire safety of the Auburn community and spent his career building one of the finest fire divisions in the State of Alabama. Not only will we miss his expertise and leadership as Chief of the Fire Division, but we will miss his friendship, his deep concern for others, and his generous spirit. We express our deepest condolences to his family, his friends, and all the members of the Fire Division. Lee meant a lot to many people and will be sorely missed."
– Auburn Mayor Bill Ham
We will update this story once his funeral arrangements have been made.