Wednesday, May 22, 2019 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews
Featured image: Former Maywood Fire Chief Marvin Cox, who died on Monday. | Photo submitted
Marvin Cox, a former Maywood fire chief who was a role model and mentor to up-and-coming firefighters in the village, died on May 20.
Cox’s death was confirmed by Maywood Fire Chief Craig Bronaugh, who said that a Cox relative notified the department of the former chief’s death. Cox lived in Arizona when he died.
“We called him Big Brother Marv,” said Maywood Fire Captain Denard Wade during an interview on May 22. “He was a big brother to a lot of the leadership here today. He had the heart of a lion. I saw him do things that were incredible. He set a benchmark.”
Current Maywood Fire Chief Craig Bronaugh said that, as a young fire cadet, he looked to Cox as an example of the kind of leader he wanted to be.
“He led by example,” Bronaugh said of Cox. “He worked very hard at what he did. He would not tell people to do something he would not do himself. He was just a role model for me growing up.”
Former Maywood fire chief Marvin Cox was a role model for the village’s current crop of leaders in the department, said his colleagues. | Facebook
Denard said that Cox actually started working for the village of Maywood in animal control before eventually joining the fire department in 1980 and working his way up to becoming the first African American lieutenant.
“Dogs were his passion,” Wade said. “He loved dogs. It was amazing to me to see him do a thorough job no matter how small it was. After he joined the department, he progressed up the ranks. He was an example of how to be a strong, dedicated firefighter for the community where you live and serve.”
Cox being sworn-in as current Craig Bronaugh (before he became a fire chief himself) looks on. | Facebook
Wade said that Cox, a Maywood native, graduated from Proviso East High School. He was also a Marine. He served in the fire department until 2003, fire officials said.
This article will be updated as more information comes in. VFP
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