Jeffrey J. Billingsley

Jeffrey J. Billingsley

Technician Jeffrey J. Billingsley, age 42, of the Denver Fire Department died after after responding to an emergency medical call on September 20, 2021.

George M. Helfer

George M. Helfer

George Martin Helfer had four true loves in his life: God, his adored wife of 63 years Rosemarie as well as his entire family, being a firefighter, and ping pong.

After high school, George spent two years active duty in the U.S. Army and an additional three years in the Army reserve before being honorably discharged and joining the Denver Fire Department. He described his career with Denver Fire as a firefighter and technician as “the best job that never seemed like a job” he ever had, and he loved every minute of it. He was a decorated hero for saving lives, a beloved coworker, and served his community with dignity and integrity. In his downtime, he proudly became one of the top ping pong players in competitions within the department. After his retirement, he continued his love of ping pong into his 80s and was honored as a gold medal winner one year in the Colorado Senior Olympic Games in doubles competition.

George was a lifelong Catholic and active in various parishes and volunteered within the Catholic Parochial School System and as a Knights of Columbus member. He also worked numerous side jobs to earn extra money as he and Rosemarie struggled (successfully!) to put all seven of their children through 12 years of Catholic school education. Along the way, George was an avid supporter of all of his children’s and grandchildren’s extracurricular activities, attending many sporting, theatrical, and musical events over six decades. A week prior to his death, though declining health confined him to the house, he adamantly wanted to attend a granddaughter’s Christmas concert nearly three hours from his home but was just too weak. We were, however, thrilled that he accomplished the goal he set when he was diagnosed with his final job-related cancer—to ensure he lived long enough to see his two newest great-grandchildren arrive safely into this world. Felicity Theresa and Keelan George both arrived before he passed.

George will be remembered for his laughter, his kindness, his fierce love of and faith in God, his wife and family, and his steadfast friendship and concern for others right to the end. He will also be remembered as a role model for being a man of his word, as well as standing up for what is moral and right, lessons that he gently passed on to everyone around him. In his honor, he asked that he be remembered by passing on a word of encouragement, performing a random act of kindness, or simply bringing a smile of love in God’s name into a world so in need of peace.

John P. Whelan III

John P. Whelan III

Engineer John P. Whelan III, age 46, of the Denver Fire Department fell through a skylight during a building fire and later died on July 15, 2015.

Richard P. Montoya

Richard P. Montoya

DFD Lieutenant Rich Montoya’s accident happened on Mother’s Day 2006‚ just two hours from the end of his shift‚ and fifteen shifts from the beginning of his retirement. Rich’s crew had responded to a house fire that involved a candle and nail polish remover. The fumes from the nail polish had ignited and spread to a tapestry that was placed above the headboard of a bed. There were three lives saved that day‚ and one was lost.

Rich became a firefighter in 1976 at the age of 31‚ and married his wife‚ Louise. They were married for 32 years. Rich also raised two stepchildren from the ages of two and four. Eric‚ his son‚ followed in his footsteps and is also a Denver firefighter. Marti‚ his daughter‚ is an elementary public school teacher in Denver.

In 1982‚ Rich was promoted to Engineer‚ which he loved. He always stated‚ ‘I should have stayed an Engineer– it’s the best job!’ But he wanted to further his career. He became a Lieutenant in 1995. Throughout Rich’s career with the Denver Fire Department‚ he received various unit citations‚ one of which was awarded on the same day that Eric received one.

Rich was born in Roy‚ New Mexico‚ and was raised in southwest Colorado in the humble home of a coalminer father and his mother‚ who fronted most of the load of raising nine other siblings. Rich was Valedictorian at Trinidad High School‚ went to college‚ and learned a trade to become a master carpenter. He was always delighted to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. He served two tours in Vietnam in the U.S. Navy as a Sea Bee and was honorably discharged. Rich was a loving husband‚ father‚ grandfather‚ and brother.

Rich loved to spend time with his grandchildren. He often woke up early on his days off so he could be at their home to make them breakfast and see them off to school. Rich spent his free time playing golf‚ senior baseball‚ plus spending time with his family. Rich lived simply‚ loved generously‚ cared deeply‚ and we will miss him greatly!!

Charles R. Drennan Jr.

Charles R. Drennan Jr.

Accomplishments: Promoted to Engineer: September 1978 Promoted to Lieutenant: February 1979 Promoted to Captain: April 1985 Promoted to Asst. Chief: October 1988

Charlie loved many things in life. He loved to travel- his favorite place was Mazatlan.

He was committed to physical fitness. He worked out‚ lifted weights‚ and ran nearly every day of his life.

He was very athletic and enjoyed many sports. He enjoyed water skiing‚ hiking‚ golfing‚ bicycling‚ snowmobiling‚ softball and many other activities. His biggest love of all was baseball. He also was a gifted craftsman.

My husband and best friend- I love you with all my heart and soul. You have always been my hero. You are so loved by your many friends and family. We miss you.

Robert W. Crump

Robert W. Crump

Robert W. Crump‚ 37‚ a career firefighter with the Denver Fire Department‚ drowned while trying to rescue a woman from a flash flood on August 17‚ 2000. Crump was a Marine Corps veteran.

Douglas K. Konecny

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Mark W. Langvardt

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