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National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

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Firefighter/EMT
Age: 48
Year of Death: 2023

Brian Edward Flowers

Brian Edward Flowers was born in Portland, Oregon, on December 17, 1974. Brian’s passion for serving his community led him to a fulfilling career as a firefighter, which he embarked on in 2008. Over 15 years of dedicated service with Gresham Fire, Brian became an integral part of the firefighting community, known for his selflessness and commitment. He was a proud member of the Water Rescue Team since 2013 and spent a decade based out of Station 75.

In addition to his professional accomplishments, Brian’s impact extended far beyond the firehouse. He was the embodiment of the phrase, “He would give you the shirt off his back.” Brian’s generosity was limitless, and he never hesitated to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. His family was the center of his universe, and he poured his heart into providing for them.

A true jack of all trades, Brian’s skills knew no bounds. Whether it was building, fixing, or advising, he approached every task with a determination to excel. He was known to “overbuild” everything he touched, a testament to his commitment to excellence. This commitment was demonstrated in his achievement as a 2nd degree Black Belt in Kajukenbo Kung Fu and a titled Grand Champion in tournaments.

Firefighter Flowers passed away on November 19, 2023, from complications related to occupational acute myeloid leukemia. Brian was a devoted husband to Elsie for nearly 24 years, best friends for over 30 years. He leaves behind a legacy of love and knowledge, having diligently taught his children, Carina, Darian, and Anthony, the skills and values they need to become exceptional adults. His son Darian is following in his father’s footsteps, becoming a firefighter at the age of 19. Brian loved to take his kids fishing and hunting and always found a way to celebrate the things they enjoyed.

Brian Edward Flowers may have left this world too soon, but his spirit, laughter, and love will forever echo in the hearts of those who were fortunate enough to know him. May his legacy of love, laughter, and overbuild of everything live on in the hearts of those who were lucky enough to share a joke, a meal, or a moment with him. We love you, Brian! AKA: Babe, Dad, Papa Brian, Uncle Brian, Kuya B, Biscuit, White Buffalo, Cracka, Coach, Diggy Dog, and Best Buddy.

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  1. Brian was a wonderful man! His story needs to be heard!

    – Shania Fleming