The Norman Transcript

Headlines

January 23, 2014

Dana Cramer worked 35 years at Norman Fire Department

(Continued)

NORMAN —

Cramer said he originally became a firefighter to help people.

“It was a great opportunity to help the community. My parents were involved in the community and I think that kind of brushed off onto me,” Cramer said. “It’s a good feeling to be able to help people.”

During his 35-year career, Cramer said the thing he is most proud of is receiving the David Bain Award from the OSFA. The award recognizes individuals who have provided service both to their community and the OSFA and who have also “proven to be a person of courage and impeccable character,” according to the association’s website.

Cramer was the first person to ever receive the award, which is named after a former OSFA president and Midwest City fire chief. Bain died of cancer, and the award is given in honor of him every year.

“He (Bain) was really involved in the fire service and we were really good friends,” Cramer said. “Me being friends with him, it meant a lot.”

While Cramer said he has been fortunate enough to receive a lot of accolades and awards throughout his career, he didn’t get into firefighting for the awards.

“It just kind of happened along the way. I just enjoy helping people and trying to do my little part in the world,” he said.

While Cramer said he’s looking forward to getting to play some golf with his free time and getting some things done on his “honey do” list, he still plans on staying involved in the community.

He said he’s probably going to miss all of the guys at the fire department the most and the camaraderie that came along with working there, but over the years he’s learned a lot of good pranks.

“We used to have a clown society, and Dana was a member of the clown society,” Fullingim said as the crowd at the retirement reception laughed.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Headlines
  • Briarwood Elementary Briarwood, Plaza Towers buildings set to open for school year

    MOORE — Briarwood and Plaza Towers elementary students and teachers will no longer be visitors in the hallways and classrooms of their temporary schools this 2014-2015 school year. Displaced and forced to relocate after the May 2013 ...

    August 2, 2014 2 Photos

  • Cooler summer comes after dry spring statewide

    August made a gentle entry this year — no triple-digit temperatures or out-of-control wildfires. Instead, a bright sun slowly cleared the clouds and warmed the day back to summer weather after a few days of what had felt like an early ...

    August 2, 2014

  • Former teacher adores ‘Red Rudy’ Impala

    For some, transportation needs to be more than just a boxy vehicle that takes you from place to place. Former Norman High School Spanish language teacher Kelly Adams is one of those. In addition to her daily driver, a big SUV, she also ...

    August 2, 2014

  • Inmate health costs rising, forcing prisons to scramble for solutions

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Taxpayers forked over nearly $1 million last year to buy inhalers to treat asthma and emphysema among inmates in state prisons. In the meantime, the state also paid for 530,647 inmate prescriptions....

    August 2, 2014

  • Town changed, even with girls’ killer behind bars

    WELEETKA — Folks once settled in this sleepy central Oklahoma town to get away from the crime and hubbub of big-city life. Many residents didn’t bolt their doors or draw their shades at night. Most here never worried about people like ...

    August 2, 2014

  • Teachers from Spain begin arriving in Oklahoma

    TULSA — Teachers recruited from Spain by a Tulsa school district have started to arrive in Oklahoma for the new academic year. The Tulsa World reports (http://bit.ly/1rS1Q2a ) four of the 11 expected educators arrived Thursday in ...

    August 2, 2014

  • Driver killed after container falls on truck named

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Police have identified the person killed after a shipping container was knocked from an Oklahoma National Guard vehicle and landed on a pickup truck....

    August 2, 2014

  • Fire chief in central Oklahoma city resigns

    EDMOND — A fire chief in a central Oklahoma city has submitted his resignation....

    August 2, 2014

  • Judge continues action in sexual assault case

    OKLAHOMA CITY — A judge has found probable cause to continue criminal proceedings against an Oklahoma man accused of sexually assaulting boys and girls in Kenya. Nineteen-year-old Matthew Lane Durham, of Edmond, is accused of sexually ...

    August 2, 2014

  • Trial postponed in Duncan baseball player death

    DUNCAN — The trial for a man charged in the fatal shooting of an Australian baseball player has been postponed until April....

    August 2, 2014