Breakfast honors former Calera fire chief

Calera residents, employees and emergency responders raised $1,500 in memory of former Fire Chief Tommy Moon during a Nov. 7 pancake breakfast.

More than 250 people attended the breakfast at Calera High School, and all donations will be given to Moon’s family to purchase a firefighter memorial in the Shelby Memory Gardens cemetery.

“It was a fun event, and we are planning on doing it again next year,” said Ross Mixon, a Calera firefighter. “A lot of people came out to support Chief Moon.”

Moon, 58, served as the city’s fire chief for more than 33 years before his death Oct. 24, and had overseen many improvements in the department, his colleagues said previously.

“We were very happy at how the breakfast turned out,” Mixon said. “Sysco, Central State Bank, Calera Signs and Banners, Sav Mor and the school and the cheerleaders really helped us out by sponsoring the event and donating almost everything.”

The graveside memorial will cost about $3,000, and the fire department will also donate money raised while selling coffee and hot chocolate at the city’s Christmas parade Dec. 5.