2019 marks the Chamber’s 45th annual production of Granbury’s Independence Day celebration. The Chamber Team has planned a full schedule of events for the three-day festival. The theme this year is “Land of Liberty” and one of the highlights that everyone looks forward to is the Hometown Parade on July 4th. This year, the Board of Directors voted unanimously to name Sgt. Dub Gillum of the Texas Department of Public Safety as the Grand Marshal.
Earl “Dub” Gillum has been a Texas State Highway Patrolman for almost 30 years and also serves as the Public Information & Safety Education Officer for the department. One of his many duties is monitoring and reporting on dangers at Comanche Peak Nuclear Plant. His favorite quote is, “Life is simple – when life gives you lemons, you make lemonade.” He has proven that time and again with his experiences.
In 1998, Sgt. Gillum was patrolling a stretch of Highway 377 near Granbury when he observed a reckless driver speeding in excess of 30 mph over the posted speed limit. When Gillum pulled the driver over and approached the vehicle, the wanted felon opened fire and 10 bullets struck Gillum before the driver fled the scene. The trooper lay bleeding from several wounds to his hip, arm, and face. He credits the bulletproof vest he was wearing with saving his life. It took 14 months and 10 surgeries to recover but he was back on the job as soon as he was released. His heroics don’t end there.
In October 2016, Sgt. Gillum was assisting a stranded motorist, Paul Lilly, with a flat tire when he heard the man shout out from the passenger seat of his cruiser. Mr. Lilly was suffering from diastolic heart failure and Sgt. Gillum performed CPR techniques for nearly 10 minutes while waiting for the ambulance to arrive. Without Gillum’s actions, Mr. Lilly would not have lived long enough for the EMTs to arrive on the scene.
“Sergeant Dub Gillum is a true American hero” stated Mike Scott, Chamber president and CEO. “He will be right at home in the parade as many folks will remember Dub walking the route every year in his uniform, handing out small American flags. We are thrilled to honor Dub on the eve of his well-earned retirement.”
For more information on the 4th of July Celebration, or any other Chamber of Commerce events, please contact Rachael Derrez at 817.573.1622. Or visit our website at GranburyChamber.com.