As a retired member of the London-Laurel Rescue Squad, a volunteer firefighter for the City of London Fire Department, and a member of Evans Chapel Holiness Church, Doug Cawood was honored and missed this week by many.
“Doug was a very close friend and a brother to me. I worked with him for 18 years. From the moment I first met him, his love and compassion for others made a big impression on me. no matter how bad he felt, he always would be there for you. The love he had for his wife, kids, and grandchildren was endless. I will miss him greatly. he was definitely my brother and always will be,” said Chief Carl Hacker, of the London Fire Department.”
At 59-years-old, Cawood passed on Feb. 1st, 2020. He served the City of London for 20 years through the London-Laurel Rescue Squad and for over 14 years as a London Fire Department volunteer firefighter. He was one of four siblings, had two children and resided in East Bernstadt. Many who were friends of his stated that he was a friend to all and willing to help anyone in need. He was the epitome of service, sacrifice, and honor.
“Cawood was a one-of-a-kind friend. he would literally give you the shirt right off of his back,” said Assistant Chief Donnie Hale of the London Fire Department.
Members of the Rescue Squad and Fire Department gathered the week of his passing to prepare to honor Cawood the best they saw fit. London Police Officers provided honor guard during services held by Bowling Funeral Home. City of London and Laurel County firefighters provided Cawood and family with a fireman’s funeral detail.