Christopher R. DeWolf, died on January 6, 2005, as the result of an automobile accident.
Christopher R. DeWolf was born in Biloxi, Mississippi November 25, 1964. He attended schools in Swanton Vermont before moving to New Hampshire, where he graduated from Portsmouth High School Class of 1983. After graduation, he received an Associate degree from Southern Maine Technical College and a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Management from Daniel Webster College. Chris met the love of his life Kelly, they married in 1986. Chris and Kelly were blessed with two children, Lindsay and Jonathan. They were known as best friends and shared a wonderful life together.
Chris became a firefighter and was very passionate about his job. He brought enthusiasm to work every day and fostered dedicated relationships through his years of service. He began his career as a call firefighter with the Town of Kittery. In 1987, he was hired by the City of Dover Fire Department, serving as a firefighter, paramedic and lieutenant for 17 years. Chris was a lieutenant for the Newington Fire Department. His dedication and knowledge of the job earned him the respect of many colleagues all over the world. He was active in training as an instructor for New Hampshire Fire Standards and Training. He received extensive training at the National Fire Academy. He enjoyed working with the Fire and Emergency Training Network (FETN). While with FETN, he served as a correspondent and technical advisor.
On September 11, 2001, Chris was one of the first to provide coverage at the Pentagon. A statement made about Chris indicated he was the face of FETN and persuaded command to allow cameras inside the Pentagon while the attack was underway. In another statement, Chris “had nearly a cult following” from students of his Back to Basics and Back to Basics Challenge series. He authored several “American Heat” lesson plans as the content coordinator and technical advisor.
Chris had a love for playing baseball, soccer and hockey. Chris shared his passion of hockey by working as a junior varsity hockey coach at St. Thomas Aquinas High School for several years. He became a varsity coach at Marshwood High School. He also coached Dover youth hockey for many years.
Chris carried the nickname “Chumley” and will always be remembered for the “Chumley Dance”, typical of his positive attitude and love of life. A memorial tribute to Chris can be found on YouTube, Christopher “Chumley” DeWolf.
Chris was an avid Boston Red Sox fan, Boston Bruins and New England Patriots. He loved his time in Emmitsburg, Maryland as an avid Civil War buff.