Steven S. Bailie

Steven S. Bailie

Steve knew from a young age that he wanted to follow in the footsteps of his father, a career firefighter for the City of Pasco, Washington. After graduating from high school, Steve enlisted in the United States Air Force, where he served four years. When he completed his military service, he returned home and began working towards becoming a career firefighter. Steve started his fire career as a volunteer with Franklin County Fire District No. 3. In 1978, he was hired by the City of Kennewick, Washington. Steve was a dedicated second-generation firefighter who faithfully served his community and was deeply committed to providing his community with the highest quality service in everything he did. Steve was proud to be part of the first graduating paramedic class in southeastern Washington.

In 2000, once the kids were raised, he also started working on an incident management team, first as a supply unit leader then as a logistics section chief. His commitment to the incident management team brought him to various forest fires in the Northwest and numerous disasters and emergencies across the United States, including spending three weeks in New York City after 9/11 helping with the recovery efforts. During this time, he was exposed to what would eventually cause the rare blood cancer that later would take his life.

In 2011, Steve retired from the Kennewick Fire Department. In retirement, he continued to volunteer his time and expertise at many community events. He also continued to serve on the incident management team, which took him across the Pacific Northwest to manage major incidents. In 2018, he was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer directly connected to his service in New York following the terrorist attacks on 9/11. Steve fought a final two-year battle for his life, head on, with bravery. Despite the numerous ups and downs in his prognosis, Steve maintained a positive attitude throughout his illness.

Steve was passionate and devoted to his career as a firefighter. Before his death, he was asked if he would still have helped with the recovery efforts had he known he would become ill. Without hesitation, the answer was yes.

Those who knew Steve would describe him as a devoted husband, father, and friend. He adored both his children and was proud of all their accomplishments. His granddaughter, Madilynn, was the apple of his eye.

Steve will be greatly missed by those he left behind, including his wife, Kathleen; son, Bryan (Kristi); daughter, Laurie; granddaughter, Madilynn; sister, Jane; and the many other relatives and friends in his life.

Eric R. Lyons

Eric R. Lyons

Eric Robert Lyons was born on February 15‚ 1970‚ in San Fernando‚ California. He grew up in Southern California‚ where he lived in North Hills until age 7‚ and then moved to Canyon Country. He is survived by his mother and father‚ Carola Barbara and Roland Arthur of Spokane‚ his older brother‚ Roland Edward of Los Angeles‚ his Grandfather Robert Lee of Spokane‚ and several aunts‚ uncles‚ and cousins.

While living in Canyon Country‚ Eric developed his passion for sports and competition. In 1987‚ he moved with his family to Spokane‚ Washington‚ where he attended Ferris High School and graduated in 1988. While living in Wenatchee‚ Eric started working as a volunteer firefighter for Douglas County Fire District #2‚ and he attended college‚ working towards his Associate’s Degree in Fire Science. He completed this degree upon his return to Spokane‚ where he started working as a resident firefighter for Spokane Fire District #8. In April 1994‚ he married Becky McNamara‚ who was his wife for 12 years.

In October 1993‚ Eric began his career with the Kennewick Fire Department‚ in Kennewick‚ Washington. Eric faithfully served his community for over 13 years as a Firefighter/EMT. He was an extremely fun-loving and outgoing individual who made his friends and family laugh with his witty stories and his quirky take on everyday events. He was very much a people person‚ and he loved sharing his time with others. Eric was passionate about film‚ and he often enjoyed rating movies into different categories‚ such as ‘best-made movies‚ best movies with one-liners‚ best comedies’. He also enjoyed critiquing movies. While living and working in Kennewick‚ Eric developed an obsession for the game of golf. He became a Men’s Club member at Canyon Lakes Golf Course‚ where he played in multiple tournaments. Eric was a devoted fan of all major league sports‚ with a special love for the Anaheim Angels.

In addition to carrying out his duties as a public servant‚ Eric was also eager to go out to local schools and educate the students about fire safety. He regularly provided tours of the fire station for local children’s clubs and organizations. Although Eric never had any children of his own‚ he adored mentoring and tutoring youth and teaching them how to play sports.

Eric made a lasting impression at the Kennewick Fire Department through his dedicated service and numerous friendships. He is truly missed by all who knew and worked with him.