SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - A former Smith County Fire Marshal was posthumously inducted into the Texas Division of Emergency Management Hall of Fame.
The late Jim Seaton was inducted in on Tuesday, May 15. The award was accepted by his widow, Nancy Seaton, his daughter, Melissa Seaton; and Smith County Fire Marshal/Emergency Management Coordinator Connie McCoy-Wasson, during the Texas Division of Emergency Management Conference in San Antonio.
"Jim was all about emergency management," Mrs. Seaton said. "He took protecting the citizens of Smith County very seriously. Receiving this award, he would have been so honored, and I am very proud to have received it for him."
Seaton served as Smith County Fire Marshal/Emergency Management Coordinator from 1999 to 2014. After a valiant fight with cancer, Seaton passed away on April 3, 2014.
Ms. McCoy-Wasson said it was an honor to work for Seaton for 21 years. She said she would never forget Seaton's integrity, fairness, honesty and his sense of humor.
"He left some pretty big shoes to fill," Ms. McCoy-Wasson said.
Ronald Kimbrough, Emergency Management Coordinator for Cherokee County, was also inducted Tuesday into the Texas Division of Emergency Management Hall of Fame.