Former Fire Chief lives on through books

Former Fairfield Fire Chief Kevin Sutton is now framed in a Better Basics' reading resource room for his love and passion for books.

A former Fairfield Fire Chief is living on through books more than a year after his death.

On Thursday afternoon at Better Basics, a Birmingham reading resource program, a room was dedicated in honor of Kevin Sutton.

Sutton was killed in a car accident in April of 2017 on Interstate 59 Northbound after he served more than 20 years for the Fairfield Fire Department.

Before he left this world, Better Basics Board of Directors’ President. Officials with the organization say it was an easy decision to name the room after him. The room will hold hundreds of children's books, and reading materials to help fight illiteracy for volunteers, students, and staff members at Better Basic.

His daughter Karmen Patterson says it's a bittersweet day because he isn't alive to enjoy a program he loved.

Patterson told ABC 33/40, "Just because he's not here to see everything he worked so hard for and everything he believed in. It's just hard. Everything my Dad did while he was still here is coming full circle, even while he's gone."

The reading room was built by local boy scout who is now in college at Indiana University. Kunal Tiwari is a recent graduate of Vestavia Hill High School who helped raise money to purchase a table, and firefighter gear to adorn the room in Sutton's honor.

If you would like to become a volunteer, then click this link.

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