Jackson honored by firemen upon retirement

By ELANE JONES, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 8/11/17

Alabama Forestry Commission (AFC) Assistant State Forester Dan Jackson was honored Tuesday by members of the Walker County Firefighters Association and several state officials during the association’s regular monthly meeting.

State Sen. Greg …

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Jackson honored by firemen upon retirement

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Alabama Forestry Commission (AFC) Assistant State Forester Dan Jackson was honored Tuesday by members of the Walker County Firefighters Association and several state officials during the association’s regular monthly meeting.

State Sen. Greg Reed, R-Jasper, and State Reps. Connie Rowe, R-Jasper, and Tim Wadsworth, R-Arley, also attended the meeting and presented Jackson with a resolution handed down by the Alabama Legislature honoring him on his upcoming retirement.

“Dan and his wife, Sharon, have been personal friends of my wife and I for years, and he gave his career to the fire and forestry services in the state of Alabama,” Reed said. “So I asked our local legislators to help me draft a resolution that would recognize him for his dedicated service, not only to our county, but our state as well.”

The resolution drafted by Reed, Rowe and Wadsworth was signed by Patrick Harris, the secretary of the Alabama Senate, and Dale Marsh, president pro tem and presiding officer of the Alabama Senate. It commended Jackson for his outstanding professional achievement on the occasion of his retirement from the Alabama Forestry Commission as Assistant State Forester.

“Dan served with the Alabama Forestry Commission for over 29 years of dedicated service. He also had a remarkable career within the private sector of the forestry industry as forester in 1979 in Albany, Ga., his hometown,” Reed said as he read the resolution during the meeting. “Dan’s record of professional excellence not only includes supervising government land management contracts at Fort McClellan and was the forester county manager and a wildlife firefighter with the AFC’s Walker County Forestry Service. He has also served as the director (fire chief) for the AFC’s Forestry Protection Division, director of forest operations and acting state forester at times during his career.”

Jackson as a forester and manager of the AFC’s Walker County Office for 20 years before being promoted to director of forest operations at the AFC’s Montgomery Office.

He also holds a bachelor’s degree in forestry from the University of Georgia, is a registered forester in both Alabama and Georgia, and is a member of the Society of American Foresters.

Jackson and his wife, Sharon, currently reside in Montgomery. They are the parents of two children and grandparents of two grandchildren.

“Dan has earned widespread admiration and respect for his tireless dedication and unquestionable abilities,” Reed said. “And he is truly deserving of this special commendation and praise.”

Jackson was commended in the state resolution with deep admiration and appreciation for his service. It also offered him sincere best wishes for continued success for all future endeavors.

“This is humbling, to say the least. When I left here nine years ago, it seemed like a good move at the time, and it has been,” Jackson said. “But there is not a day that goes by in Montgomery when I don’t think about the 20 years I spent in Walker County, and what every one of you have meant to me.”

Jackson said his time in Walker County gave him a foundation that he can’t even begin to explain, but he was quick to give credit where he felt credit was due.

He said the retirement reception held Tuesday by his peers was an honor and a blessing, but the credit really went to the members of the Walker Firefighters Association, and all the firefighters who serve in the county.

“Because without them, it would have been tough for me to do my job when we were out there fighting wildfires,” Jackson said. “And I truly appreciate all they did for me and still do for all the guys who work at the Forestry Commission’s Walker County Office.”