Macon-Bibb firefighter’s widow thanks community for support

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The wife of the Macon-Bibb County firefighter who died in the line of duty last week says the support of the community is what got her and her family through the difficult time.

Sandie Parker, with her boys Chandler and Andrew by her side, thanked the community for their kind words, their prayers, and their encouragement after Parker’s husband, Randy, died in a fire on Fairview Drive this month.

“People ask me how have you held it together, how have you been so strong, how did you stand there and greet over 3,000 plus people for 7 1/2 hours and tell each of them hey and speak to them individually,” Sandy Parker said. “The one thing I can say is the only way I was able to do that was by my Lord Jesus. The other reason is because I know Randy would want me to do it.”

Sandie says it still hurts that her husband is gone, but she’s thankful for time she had with him. 

“Thank you to everyone who has reached out to us, who has sent a message to me, who has sent flowers, who has donated money, who have done meals, who has just been there for all these other guys…the firefighters..because they’re experiencing the same kind of hurt that we are, too,” Sandie said. 

Fire Chief Marvin Riggins says losing a member of the team hasn’t been easy, but he’s pleased with the way the city has come together.

“We have to stand there and know that nothing just happens and that our steps are ordered. Our storms, too, are ordered and we’re going to go through them. I think that we’ve been prepared to go through these storms,” Riggins said. 

“I was blown away and I was like this is a true family and I know Randy is smiling,” Sandie said. 

The Macon-Bibb County Fire Department lowered an American flag at Fire Station 7 where Randy Parker was last stationed. The plan is to put the flag in a prominent place at the station to remember Lt. Randy Parker.

Sandie says she knows Randy would be proud and is watching over her family… all of her family. 

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