James Franklin Alexander

Born: Tue., Dec. 1, 1925
Died: Mon., Sep. 29, 2014


2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Sat., Oct. 04, 2014
Location: Donald B Thompson Funeral Home

Funeral Service

4:00 PM Sat., Oct. 04, 2014
Location: Donald B Thompson Funeral Home

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Mr. James Franklin Alexander,88, Middletown, died Monday September 29 at Frederick Memorial Hospital. He was husband of Marion (Peggy) Lou Donaldson Alexander and they were married June 19, 1948.
Born in Elkton, MD Dec. 1, 1925 he was a son of the late John William and Frances Fisher Cartledge Alexander. He was a graduate of McKinley High School and attended George Washington University in DC. He was employed by the Dept. of the Army, DOL Maintenance Div, Ft. Meade and was previously employed by the Laurel Police Dept. and Dept of Agriculture.
He founded the Laurel Volunteer Rescue Squad, Inc in 1952 and the Chief for 25 years; was the first squad in the United States to have women crew members; they earned numerous state and World first aid championships. They also pioneered use of "rescue trucks" at auto accidents. He was also a WWII veteran of Army Air Corps.
Surviving, besides his wife of 66 years are:
2 daughters-in-law - Mildred (Millie) Alexander - Middletown and Linda Alexander - Glen Burnie, MD
4 grandsons - John Jay Alexander - Frederick; Thad Scott Alexander -Dallas, Tx; Alexander Matthew Alexander and Kimber - San Antonio, TX; James Henry Alexander - Middletown
Great-Granddaughter - Kansas Luna Alexander - San Antonio, TX
special friends - Cris Rattay and Orlando Campos
1 sister - Jane C. Alexander - Middletown

He was predeceased by his two sons - James Franklin Alexander Jr. and John Jay Alexander.
The family will receive friends on Saturday Oct. 4 from 2 to 4 PM at the Donald B. Thompson Funeral Home, 31 E. Main St., Middletown. Funeral services will begin there at 4 PM on Saturday. Rev. Tim May will officiate. Interment will be private.
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Finley and Pamela doCarmo
   Posted Fri October 03, 2014
Peggy Lou, Jane and all of the Alexanders - our sincerest sympathy. You will be in our thoughts and prayers. Will never forget Jim! He made LVRS what it is today! Finley wouldn't have had the career in the fire service that he had without Jim's leadership. So thankful Jim included the women!

Mary Lou Green
   Posted Fri October 03, 2014
Mrs Alexander, Millie and family,
My deepest condolences to you on death of Mr Alexander. We had great time with him on Nashville trip.
May you have many happy memories of him.
God Bless you at this time.
Mary Lou

Jay Hall
   Posted Fri October 03, 2014
Peggy Lou and family. So sorry to hear of the chiefs passing. Laurel was a safer place thanks to him. May he rest in peace.

Ronald Larson
   Posted Fri October 03, 2014

TABLE BASKET was sent by Ronald Larson.

Dear Peggy Lou and family. We are sending our sincerest sympathy and want you to know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Love from Ron, Nadean & Gary Larson

John Miller
   Posted Sat October 04, 2014
Peggy Lou and the Alexander Family,

My most sincere condolences on your loss. You and Jim have often been in my thoughts and will always remain there.

Jim, or should I say "Chief", had a dramatic impact not only on my life but of so many others, not only in the Laurel area but across the nation for the innovations he brought to the emergency care field. I will never forget him, as will many others whose lives he touched.

John Miller

Bryan and Diana Camper
   Posted Sun October 05, 2014
Dear Millie, Thad, Alex and James:

Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.


Bryan and Diana Camper

James H. Robison
   Posted Sun October 05, 2014
A legend has passed. Chief Alexander is responsible for the thousands of lives touched by the Rescue Squad, and the thousands of lives saved by it's members. He was more than a friend to the City of Laurel, he was their protector. I will miss him.

Peggy Lou, and family, he was a legend. One that will remain as long as the Rescue Squad stands.

Victor L Miller
   Posted Mon October 06, 2014
Members and past members of the LVRS have lost a valued friend .
I knew Jim as the chief when I was a member in the 1960 to 1970
time frame . I was the first airplane seargent , as I am sure you
remember. Those were the good old days . Jim was a credit to the
community and especially the Rescue Squad . His memory will last
forever in the minds of those who knew him .

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