Roll of Honor

Christopher A. Tindall

Christopher A. Tindall

  • Battalion Chief
  • South Metropolitan Fire Protection District
  • Missouri
  • Age: 41
  • Year of Death: 2015

Christopher Allen Tindall was born on April 5, 1973, in Harrisonville, Missouri. He was raised by his mother, Bonnie, with three older sisters, Lani, Reta, and Roxie. As a child, Chris was an affectionate ball of energy with a sweet personality who had special concern for animals, other children, and the elderly. His stepfather, Eldon Maret, came into his life at a very young age, became his true father, and proceeded to teach Chris how to take things apart and put them back together.

As a young teen, Chris’ dream was to become a military fighter pilot. His plans were disrupted in his junior year of high school when he grew an astounding six inches in one year. He was too tall to be a pilot, so he changed his focus and eventually entered an EMT program.

In 1993, while playing soccer, Chris met Melia. Their love blossomed into marriage on June 14, 1997. They had two sons, Ryan in 1998, and Tyler in 2006. Chris truly loved to spend time with his wife and sons. He began to study martial arts for the sole purpose of learning, training, and bonding with his son, Ryan. Chris did everything 100% and lived life to its fullest. He was an amazing son and brother, a great husband and father, a great uncle, and blessed son-in-law…a true family man.

His EMT classes led him into a career in firefighting and rescue. It became his calling, and he loved every aspect of it. As his career progressed, he became a paramedic and ascended to battalion chief with the South Metro Fire Protection District in Raymore. In the course of his career, he developed yet another professional passion which led to becoming a search and rescue K9 handler for Missouri Search and Rescue K9 Unit, Kansas City Disaster Dogs, and Missouri Task Force One. He was insistent on doing the job, whatever the job may be, right every time. As a result, he was respected by his peers and valued by his friends.

Even in death, Chris continued in his mission to rescue others. As an organ donor, at least three people will potentially receive lifesaving organs and another 50 will benefit from other tissue donations.

Chris is survived by his wife, Melia; two sons, Ryan and Tyler; parents, Bonnie and Eldon Maret; sisters Lani Cammack, Reta (Luke) Newman, Roxie (Frank) Wilburn, and Gina (Michael) Ferguson; brother, Tim (Shannon) Maret; and ten nieces and nephews. Additionally, he is survived by his parents-in-law, John and Barbara Ellis, and brother-in-law, Richard Ellis. He will truly be missed by so many people.