“There will never be another Norm.”

LEBANON, Missouri- Many in the community are remembering longtime Fire Lieutenant Norman Cross, a veteran of the Lebanon Fire Department. Cross passed away on Wednesday.

Lebanon fire station flags at half staff.

Mayor Jared Carr released the following: “It is with a sad heart that I announce Lebanon lost one of its bravest from natural causes. On Wednesday, January 9th, Lieutenant Norman Cross passed away after serving the community for over 40 years in the Lebanon Fire Department. I’ve spoken with Norman several times and he always had a smile on his face or was poking fun at someone. He will forever live on in our memories of him and we appreciate his service to our community.”

“Norm was my counselor at church camp in my younger days, a guy I looked up to, and as Mayor I saw him as a dedicated firefighter and servant to the community. I know there are many in this community who are mourning this loss as much or even more than I am. My deepest condolences. There will never be another Norm,” said former mayor Josh Ray.

“All of us at the Laclede County Sheriff’s Office are saddened by the passing of Lt. Norm Cross of the Lebanon Fire Department” I personally have known Norm for more than 40 years, said Sheriff David Millsap.” We appreciate his dedication to the fire service and to this community. We are also praying for all the local firefighters, dispatchers and EMS personnel who worked a lot of calls, over the years, with him and are hurting because of his death. God bless you.”

The Emergency Services Chaplains of Laclede County posted the following:”Prayers needed for the family and emergency services family of Lt. Norman Cross who passed away suddenly Tuesday evening while off duty. Norm served this community for over 40 yrs. and was counting down the shifts till his retirement. He was a wealth of knowledge of buildings, neighborhoods, experience and a friend to everyone. This is a tuff one so please keep them all in your prayers. Thank you Lt. for your service, a job well done.”

Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced.