Brendan Luis Torres
- Dalhart Volunteer Fire Department
- Age: 19
- Year of Death: 2022
Brendan Luis Torres was born June 10, 2003. He graduated from Dalhart High School in 2022. He played high school football and was a member of Dalhart FFA, 4-H, and Ag Mechanics. He took college welding in high school so he would be ahead of the game when he started college.
At age three, Brendan wanted to become a firefighter. He had his first firefighter suit and loved it so much he wore it everywhere. When his older brother joined DVFD, Brendan could not wait to join. He filled out his application six months before turning 18 and carried it with him wherever he went. When Chief Curtis Brown told him to bring in the application, Brendan was so excited. He hung out at the fire department to learn everything he could. When he turned 18, he became an official part of the DVFD, fulfilling his dream of being a firefighter.
Brendan was a busy guy. When he was young, he started T and T Mowing with his dad. He showed swine starting at age seven, following in the footsteps of his older sister. Brendan started his first job in eighth grade with Cornerstone Ventures, where he learned to raise and care for show pigs. He worked after school, weekends, holidays, and summers. After high school, he started a job with Wilbur-Ellis, where he stole the hearts of his employer and teammates. He had started back to college to finish his welding degree. Our boy received scholarships and earned a full ride to complete his degree. We could not be prouder of him.
Brendan never met a stranger. If anyone was having a bad day, he was sure to put a smile on their face before he left. He loved life, spending time with friends and family, and helping others. He enjoyed time with his best friend and partner, his horse Apollo. They went on many rides and helped at junior rodeos. Brendan and his brother volunteered for the XIT Rodeo and Reunion for many years.
Brendan Torres left us at the young age of 19. He and his fire chief were struck head-on by a tractor-trailer while returning from a call, and both were pronounced dead at the scene. Brendan was only with the department for 15 months. The magnitude of the support from the first responder community after the accident left us in awe.
Left to carry on his memory and legacy are his parents, Jesse and Shannon; his brother, Devin; his sister, Alex; nephew, Edward Bryce; niece, Hadley Rose; and unborn nephew, Brendan Joe; grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, his horse Apollo, and his DVFD family.
We miss Brendan more than anything. He was always making us laugh and pulling shenanigans. We see and feel him in everything we do. We love you 3,000.