Special number for fallen firefighter appears again with memorial bench and putt-putt tourney

The family of fallen Macon-Bibb firefighter Randy Parker has lived by the mantra “nothing just happens.”

They have seen that ring true multiple times since the 46-year-old husband and father of two died fighting a fire in 2015 just days after he was inspired by a T.D. Jakes sermon titled “nothing just happens.”

For many of his friends, that was the last thing he shared with them before Parker became the 11th firefighter killed in Bibb County when he died three years ago on Feb. 11.

Saturday, on the 11th day of the 11th month, Parker’s wife, two sons and his colleagues on the fire and sheriff’s departments will gather to pay tribute to him.

At Lake Wildwood, the gated lake community the family calls home in northwest Macon, will be dedicating a memorial bench in his honor at 3 p.m. at the putt-putt golf course near the clubhouse in the neighborhood.

After the ceremony, firefighters and sheriff’s deputies will take on the children of Lake Wildwood in a putt-putt tournament.

“We will always remember Lt. Parker for his bravery and dedication as a first responder,” the announcement stated.

The event is scheduled on the 33-month anniversary of his death, but his widow didn’t originally notice the significance of the 11/11 date.

“That’s another ‘nothing just happens moment,’ ” Sandie Parker said. “That’s pretty cool.”

Liz Fabian: 478-744-4303, @liz_lines