Curry County Commissioner Court Boice was in Salem last week to discuss House Concurrent Resolution 31, recognizing former Chief John Joseph Brazil for his service to Oregon

Brazil is best known locally for his years of service with the Harbor Rural Fire Protection District alongside his wife, Patra, to whom he was married for 55 years. He died of cancer in 2018.

Brazil was born in Sacramento, California on Aug. 31, 1944, married his high school sweetheart, Patra Richardson, in 1963 and raised two daughters, the resolution reads.

He had a long career in telecommunications, working for Verizon, AT&T, Western Electric, Pacific Bell and GTE before the couple moved to Harbor to retire in 2002.

There he began working as a volunteer and quickly rose through the ranks until he became chief in 2007, a position he held until his death.

“Chief Brazil had a passion for anything mechanical and he built and drove dragsters as a young man,” the resolution reads. “He loved spending time with his family, including camping and sailing, and especially loved coaching his children and grandchildren in their many sporting activities.”

Brazil did his job with “consummate professionalism, integrity and dedication … was a pillar of the Harbor, Brookings and Gold Beach communities” and was honored with a memorial procession of emergency vehicles stretching from the Harbor Fire Hall to the Port of Brookings Harbor.

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