Firefighters, family remember Cox's Store VFD chief

Firefighters, family remember Cox's Store VFD chief
Updated: Sep. 11, 2018 at 9:11 PM CDT
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Jody Dreeves, late husband Al Dreeves. (Source KSWO)
Jody Dreeves, late husband Al Dreeves. (Source KSWO)
Jody Dreeves, Cox's Store Volunteer Fire Department chief passes at 61. (Source KSWO)
Jody Dreeves, Cox's Store Volunteer Fire Department chief passes at 61. (Source KSWO)

LAWTON, OK (KSWO)-The family of Cox's Store Volunteer Fire Department chief Jody Dreeves is mourning after she passed away over the weekend.

"Jody was more than our fire chief," said Lieutenant Kelly New. "She was more than our leader. She was like a mother to us."

"She's just a phenomenal human being," said Leah Petersen, Jody's niece. "The family is taking it really hard.

Jody Dreeves was born and raised in South Dakota but came to Lawton in the early 1980's.

She worked at American States Insurance and Kirks Emergency Service as an EMT until her retirement in 2010.

After her husband, longtime Fire Chief, Al Dreeves passed from cancer in 2013 Jody was appointed as Chief.

"Al really worshipped the ground that she walked on and the same way to her," said Leah. "Those two loved each other with a love purer than I think anyone could ever imagine."

"They have meant so much to this community and it is a tremendous loss for this community," said New.

New said as of now the department has no plans on who will take Jody's position.

As for her family, they plan to remember her leadership and motivation and most importantly her love for those around her and their community.

"She's definitely going to missed just as Al was, but I think that she's done enough to motivate the rest of them that they'll step up and pick up and things will go on as they always have," said Mark Petersen, Jody's brother.

"We love her, we miss her," said Leah. "But we have to find peace and solace in the fact that in the end, she continued to get to make a difference."

Dreeves was 61. She is survived by three brothers.

A visitation is planned for Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Lawton Ritter Gray Funeral Home. Her service will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. at Letitia Baptist Church. She will be buried at Fort Sill at 2 p.m. that afternoon.

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