Around the Tiers: "Jim's Fire Squad"

By Conor Mooney

March 20, 2014 Updated Mar 20, 2014 at 6:20 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) Back in February, Fire Fighter, James C. Wilber tragically lost his life on the way to a call. Now, his loved ones are turning the tragic event into a positive for those in need. Melissa Poklemba came by to talk about "Jim's Fire Squard."

From Jim's Fire Squad"

James C. Wilber (58) of Franklin, NY was a dedicated fireman of 40 years. Jim passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, February 9th, 2014 in the Line of Duty on his way to a motor vehicle accident call. Jim was a devout husband, father, son, brother, uncle and friend. He and his wife of 39 years, Susan, dedicated their lives together servicing their community and people in need. His only son, Ken, followed in his father's footsteps and chose to serve his community through law enforcement.

Jim was diagnosed with cancer in November of 2013 and eagerly fought every day until his untimely and unexpected passing.

In short terms, Jim was the ultimate hero and touched and saved many lives. Jim loved many things, but being a fireman gave him more joy and purpose in life than we could put into words. Jim also adored children and would have done anything to put a smile on their faces.

Our family has decided that in order to honor Jim's memory in the best way possible we would like to establish "Jim's Fire Squad" and donate toy fire trucks to children battling cancer at Saint Jude's Children's Research Hospital. It is our hope that every truck that finds its way to a child will help them know they are supported, loved, and prayed for every day. We also hope the trucks serve as a constant reminder that the patients at Saint Jude's have the strength inside them that only a true fireman could have.

Donated toy fire trucks in honor of Jim's memory can be sent to:

Jim's Fire Squad
33 Watercrest Drive
Franklin, NY 13775