James Arthur Harlow Sr.‚ born May 18‚ 1959‚ passed away April 12‚ 2009. He is survived by his loving wife of 29 years‚ Debbie Harlow; daughter‚ Brandy Rooth‚ and husband‚ Ron; sons James Harlow‚ Jr. and wife‚ Jessica; Travis Harlow and wife‚ Amber; grandchildren‚ Avery‚ Darrah‚ Payton‚ and Karrah; parents‚ James and Virginia Harlow; sisters‚ Terri Perricone and husband‚ Phillip; Christie Harlow; brother‚ David Harlow and wife‚ Pam.
He served with the Houston Fire Department for 29 years‚ 3 months‚ and 15 days. Since 2004‚ he served as a captain at Fire Station 26.
A devoted husband‚ father and grandfather‚ James was also a dedicated‚ respected‚ and highly approachable officer. On fire scenes Captain Harlow was quick and precise‚ always ready to tackle a challenge. With fire victims‚ he had a caring and helpful demeanor.
Always the optimist in any situation‚ Captain Harlow would offer reassurance to his crews as he spoke his favorite motto in his East Texas accent‚ ‘Everything is going to be all right.’
James will posthumously receive the Medal of Honor from the Houston Fire Department and the Medal of Honor from the International Association of Fire Fighters.