Chelsea Fire Department confirms death of fire chief after health complications

Chelsea Fire Department confirms death of fire chief after health complications
Chelsea Fire Chief Wayne Shirley (Source: City of Chelsea website)

CHELSEA, Ala. (WBRC) - UPDATE: Funeral arrangements have been announced for Chelsea Fire Chief Wayne Shirley who died last week.

A visitation will be held Friday, August 14 at 5:00 p.m. at the Pelham Civic Complex. Chief Shirley’s funeral will be held Saturday 10:00 a.m., also at the Pelham Civic Complex.

Burial will be at Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery.

Shirley served as Chelsea’s fire chief since 2001.

ORIGINAL: Chelsea Fire Chief Wayne Shirley passed away Thursday, according to a post on the Chelsea Fire & Rescue Facebook page.

In a prior post, it said Chief Shirley was hospitalized on July 8 with “acute complications from a chronic health issue.”

Chief Shirley grew up in Chelsea, graduating from Chelsea High in 1984. He began his career with the fire department as a volunteer in 1981 and has served as Fire Chief since 2001.

The Facebook post from Thursday evening reads:

Friends and neighbors, we want to thank you for all of your thoughts, prayers and well-wishes. It absolutely breaks my heart to tell you we just got word from Chief Shirley’s family that his battle is over and he has gone home to be with the Lord. I will continue to keep you updated on any arrangements being made. Chief spent his entire life devoted to serving the citizens of Chelsea, so I think you know how special you are to him. Please lift up his family and everyone who loves him in prayer at this time.

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