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In Memoriam: Chief Bobby Halton

Bobby Halton

The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) mourns the loss of Chief Bobby Halton, who passed away suddenly on December 19, 2022. Bobby was editor-in-chief of Fire Engineering magazine and Vice President of Education and Training for Clarion Fire & Rescue.

As NFFF Chairman Troy Markel reflected, Bobby was passionate about helping firefighters, especially those suffering from occupational cancer and behavioral health problems. “He was a valuable contributor to many of our conferences, including the keynote address at the 2016 Fire Service Technology Summit. It is almost impossible to imagine the FDIC 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb without Bobby’s motivating pre-climb speech about the importance of remembering the firefighters lost on September 11th.”

Bobby began his career as a structural firefighter with the Albuquerque (NM) Fire Department (AFD) and rose through the ranks to become chief of training and chief of operations. He retired from AFD in 2004 and became chief of the Coppell (TX) Fire Department. From there, Bobby was named editor-in-chief of Fire Engineering magazine.

“Bobby was a close friend and confidante, on both a personal and professional level. His lasting legacy will be the volumes he has written about firefighter health and safety,” said Chief Ron Siarnicki, NFFF Executive Director. “The NFFF extends our deepest sympathies to those impacted the most by his loss, his family and friends. We hope they find comfort in knowing Bobby’s legacy will continue to impact the fire service for many years to come.”