“Bob was a pretty special guy. He kind of held the shift together.”, said Lieutenant Joseph Boling, as the black bunting and helmet hang outside the fire station in Marshall's honor.
Marshall served as a firefighter for 20 years in the district, working at Engine 29 for half of that time.
Marshall succumbed to his injuries after being hit by a truck while changing his tire.
His fellow firefighters say the 20 year veteran wore many hats, but served as the station’s cook.
“Everyday for every meal, he would cook three different meals so everybody was happy and that was just Bob. He didn’t complain. He worked from the time he walked through the door to the time he’d lay down at night.”, said Lt. Boling.
“I loved his pork chops. Oh, wait a minute... his corned beef. Every Saint Patrick’s Day his corned beef would melt in your mouth.”, said firefighter technician,Toree Holmes.
He said that he worked alongside Marshall for over 10 years and considered him a brother and that the news of his passing hit hard.
“It sunk me like a ship because, again, it’s like, the nicest guy, you know.”, said Holmes.
While Lt. Boling said Firefighter Marshall’s presence greatly impacted Engine 29 and the community over the last 10 years, he said that was especially true during the holidays.
“Christmas time was Bob’s time… you know, he would decorate the firehouse and he always played Santa Clause for the neighborhood. [...] The community is going to miss him.”, said Lt. Boling.