Friends, co-workers, family members and loved ones of a Rural/Metro Fire Department firefighter who died on duty nine years ago volunteered their time and effort on Saturday to conduct a street cleanup as part of the City of Yuma’s adopt-a-street program.

The volunteers, some of whom were off-duty firefighters, cleaned up both sides of a mile-long stretch of Araby Road - which is also known as SR 195 - about a mile south of 32nd Street.

Spokesperson Charly McMurdie said that the company has named that section of the roadway as the David Irr Memorial Freeway.

Irr, 49, served for more than 24 years with the Rural/Metro Fire Department before he died in his sleep on May 23, 2010, at Station 2. Among the volunteers at the cleanup was Fire Chief Steve Irr of the Yuma Fire Department, who is David’s brother.

Newly-hired Rural/Metro Fire Chief Tim Soule was also present.

McMurdie said in all there were about 12 volunteers and they filled 15 large commercial trash bags in about an hour and 45 minutes.

“We picked up quite a bit,” McMurdie said. “We had a great team, it was for an amazing cause as usual.”

Rural/Metro has been conducting the cleanup for the past eight years.

James Gilbert can be reached at or 539-6854. Find him on Facebook at or on Twitter @YSJamesGilbert.

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