North Little Rock Fire Chief Passes Away, Leaves Legacy at Department

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Flags stand at half-staff, the symbol of a man down, outside the North Little Rock Fire Department.

North Little Rock Fire Chief Jim Murphy died Saturday after complications from heart surgery.

"When you have a Chief like Jim, who was so full of life and so vivacious and then you get the news that he's passed away," says North Little Rock Fire Department Battalion Chief John Pflasterer.

Pflasterer says Chief Murphy was the driving force behind technology. He's responsible for replacing the computers with iPads in fire trucks.

"We'll actually get the run on that iPad, usually before or at the same time that we get the radio message," says Pflasterer.

Chief Murphy was a firefighter for more than 40 years. He was on scene of several major emergencies during his more than two years in North Little Rock.

He was on scene of the horrific I-40 charter bus crash in 2015 that killed six people and he was a first responder in 2016 to a deadly plane crash at the North Little Rock Airport.

"He was always about the citizens," says Pflasterer.

A true fireman's soul, with eyes set on tomorrow.

"He had a saying. Don't look in the rear-view mirror. He said the rear-view mirror is only about eight inches wide where as your front windshield is about six foot wide," says Pflasterer.

The department is planning a fire department service for Chief Murphy.

He was 65.


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