The family of deceased Roswell firefighter Jeff Stroble and the Roswell Fire Department were recognized Saturday during the 2019 Heroes Banquet in Albuquerque sponsored by the New Mexico Business Coalition.
The organization honored Stroble with the Fallen Responders Hero Award. Fire Department members were recognized with the First Responder Heroes Award. Department personnel attending the banquet included Fire Chief Devin Graham, Division Chief Tom Graham, Lt. Warren Aldrich and Fire Marshal Matt Miller.
Stroble, a 17-year Roswell Fire Department veteran, passed away July 21 at the age of 46 from injuries sustained during a June 5 fireworks explosion that involved 12 firefighters, two of whom were seriously injured. Besides Stroble, Hoby Bonham was hospitalized due to burns, but has returned to Roswell and is recovering from his injuries.
The organization presented the award to Stroble’s family, including his wife, Reba, and three children, Kadence, Tyler and Kyle. It also provided 14-year-old Kadence with a college scholarship.
“Those who knew Jeff wanted us all to know that he was an honorable, strong man who strived for the best in every aspect of his life,” said radio personality Bob Clark, who served as master of ceremonies along with TV reporter Nancy Laflin. “He was a man of valor and humbly remained proud to serve the community as a firefighter.
“His courageous fight to survive his injuries inspired many around him— from family to friends to the entire community of Roswell. This much is clear, all will remember Jeff’s role as a brave hero who never gave up.”