Kevin Joe Foster

Kevin Joe Foster

Submitted by his wife

Capt. Kevin Joe Foster was a 17 plus year veteran of the Ellerslie Volunteer Fire Department. Kevin was also a medical technologist at St. Frances Hospital in Columbus‚ Ga. Kevin truly loved what he did‚ however fighting fires was his passion. Kevin was dedicated to his department by doing what ever needed to be done. He stayed up to date on his training. He would get so excited when he could go to a course and get ‘certified’ in something. He always enjoyed participating in the EVFD annual BBQ. He was honored to be the ‘head chef’ at last years. He was so proud. He also helped in the junior fire fighter training. He would talk about how good he felt about ‘the young people in the community getting involved.’ Kevin was also on the Board of Commissions and helped in the planning of the new fire station. He couldn’t wait for the station to be finished.

Even though he loved his job and was passionate about firefighting‚ there were two things he loved more and was more passionate about and those were his Jesus and his family. Kevin attended East Highland United Methodist Church for the last year and half. He was a member of the Wesleyan sunday school class that he enjoyed wery much. Pastor Dan Gates was a great inspiration to him. He was very close to his mom‚ dad‚ his Aunt Genny and Uncle Lewis. His brother was not only his brother but one of his best friends. He was the loving father of Dakota (6) and Noah (4). They adoringly called him ‘poppy’. He was a big kid at heart and wasn’t happy until he had you laughing. The kids say ‘our poppy was so silly’. And he was. Next to playing with his kids‚ his favorite thing to do was playing ‘his music’. He’d go up stairs and in private he would play his guitar and his keyboard. He didn’t like to play in front of people. I’d listen to him every once in awhile‚ and was always amazed because he didn’t read music- he played it all by ear.

Kevin was my best friend for five years and my husband and still best friend for 13 years when he died. On November 12‚ 2005‚ Kevin had just cleared one call when he received another call. On his way to the second call‚ it is believed that he lost control of the pumper truck he was driving and hit a tree. He was pronounced died at he scene. Kevin is gone- but he will never be forgotten. To us all‚ he will always be a hero as a father‚ husband‚ friend and firefighter. For all of us who have a strong faith‚ it gives us great peace and comfort to know that ‘with every sunrise and every sunset it brings us one day closer to seeing our Jesus and our loved ones again.’