Cody Michael Hugh Bradley, aged 24 of Quitman, was shot and killed in his home early Monday morning, August 20th, 2012. Cody was a volunteer firefighter and First Responder with the Cove Creek Pearson Fire Department and had served with the department for the past three years.
Cody joined our department in 2009 and instantly became one of the most active members of the department and one of the most well-loved. Cody became a live-in fireman for a while and created quite the bachelor pad at our Main Station. In doing so he also became the most responsive member of the department. In 2010 Cody responded to more calls than any other firefighter except for the chief.
Having Cody around at the station all the time became a pleasure to us all. Cody did not limit himself to Cove Creek calls either. When I was working for NorthStar EMS we got a call one night and when we turned in the driveway, there was Cody, smiling away, gloves on, ready to help and we were sure glad to see him, too. Cody also responded for Greers Ferry.
When I told the guys that I was asked to write something up about Cody they were thrilled. Cody loved people and he loved life no matter where he was or what he was doing, he was in love.
The last time I saw Cody was in Wal-Mart on July 31st, 2012. Marilyn Deckard and I were in there getting some items to take to conference when Cody stopped me. He asked if we were getting ready to go to Hot Springs and I told him we were. He offered some suggestions on some items we should pick-up to take with us. Thus, being the Cody that he is, he smiled and said, “Well if you young girls get into trouble call me. I know Doug (Marilyn’s son) is out of town so I will come to the rescue. Of course you will sweat to death before I can get there but there I will be.” He hugged me and walked away.
Two weeks later we were all saying goodbye to him, but the love that our community had for Cody was so overwhelming for us all. Over 450 people attended his funeral and the Quitman Police completely shut down Hwy 25 for him. There were miles of fire trucks, ambulances, and wreckers escorting Cody to the cemetery and I know he was watching us with a big old smile on his face screaming at everyone to come look at the awesome parade of red and yellow lights that was just for him.
I will miss you Cody M. Bradley on our next call, I will miss you my brother.
End of Watch
Cody Michael Bradley
August 20th, 2012