This morning the public safety community in Sumter County lost one of the great ones.  Billy Mitchell, a founding member of the Ward Fire Department and former Police Chief of York, Alabama, passed away at his home.  Meetings at Ward will not be the same without Mr. Billy.  Certainly, those that drove Sumter County Road 9 for any period of time will be familiar with Mr. Billy and his dear wife Doris walking along the road and waving.   Another one of the few that call the fire service their home here has answered his final call.  God Bless his family both at home and at the firehouse!  You will be missed Mr. Billy!