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February 11, 2016

Russell Benton Massey “Rusty”, 45, of Commerce passed away Feb. 11, 2016, following a hard-fought battle with kidney cancer. He was born and raised in Terrell, Texas, by his parents, Donald and Barbara Massey. Rusty attended Terrell High School where he participated in baseball and the Fighting Tiger Band from 1985 to 1988. Rusty fulfilled a lifelong dream in June of 1993 where he began his career of public service as a member of the Athens Fire Department. In July of 1999 Rusty became a member of the University Park Fire Department where he served with pride and honor for 16 years. During his 22 years in the fire service, Rusty built lifelong friendships with his firehouse brothers and sisters, displayed the upmost respect for his colleagues, and always demonstrated compassion for every patient that he encountered as a paramedic. Rusty’s personal accomplishments with the University Park Fire Department are impressive. In 2005, Rusty volunteered and was deployed to New Orleans on a search-and-rescue team to assist with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina; his deployment lasted several weeks. In 2007, Rusty graduated from Trinity Valley Community College with an associate degree of fire science.  Rusty promoted to “C” shift battalion chief in 2008, a position in which he excelled. Rusty obtained and held many certifications with the Texas Commission of Fire Protection during his tenure with the department — Master Fire Fighter, Master Fire Investigator, Master Fire Inspector, Fire Instructor, Fire Officer I, Fire Officer II, Incident Safety Officer, Hazardous Materials Technician, and Hazardous Materials Incident Commander. Rusty made several contributions that strengthened the rich tradition of the University Park Fire Department. Rusty was a driving force behind the creation and implementation of the University Park Fire Department Honor Guard; Rusty also participated as a bagpiper in the University Park Fire Department Pipes and Drums where he performed at several local fire department events. “Hook ‘em Horns”! Flowers may be received at Restland Funeral Home, 13005 Greenville Ave., Dallas. Rusty is survived by his loving wife, JoAnn Izzarelli of Commerce; children David, Brandon, and Jamie; grandchildren Brantley, Aubree, Gracie, Kylie, Kasadie, and Hailey; parents Dutch and Barbara Massey of Terrell; sister Linda Manning and husband Michael; nephews Sean and Dustin Harvey; a niece, Lexie Manning; grandmother Jackie Downing; along with numerous aunts, uncles, and other relatives. The family visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, at Restland Funeral Home, 13005 Greenville Avenue, Dallas, TX. 75243. His funeral service will take place at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 19, at Park Cities Baptist Church, 3933 Northwest Highway, Dallas, TX. 75225. The procession from the Park Cities Baptist Church to Restland Cemetery will occur immediately following the tribute. Visit and sign a guest book at www.heraldbanner.com.
Published on February 18, 2016
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