Christopher Ryan Brown
La Harpe Fire Department – Kansas
Date of Death: July 27‚ 2006
Chris was born on August 15‚ 1985‚ in Kansas City‚ Kansas. He went to public school from kindergarten through fifth grades. Then he homeschooled and later acquired his GED. Although he wasn’t very tall‚ only standing 5′ 7‚ you would think he would not be noticed‚ but with one of his famous winks or that Chris Brown smile‚ he could light up the room. He was very polite and kindhearted. Everyone who knew him spoke well of him. He gave everyone a chance.
Chris enjoyed many outdoor activities such as snowboarding‚ rock climbing in his Jeep‚ camping‚ fishing‚ four wheeling‚ dirt biking‚ mechanical work‚ and listening to country music. He enjoyed his time with his family and friends.
Chris married his wife‚ Tamara‚ on October 2004‚ at the age of 19. They moved to the small town of La Harpe‚ Kansas. Chris worked with his father-in-law as a pool contractor‚ with the intention of taking over the business. He joined a very large family and loved them like his own. They added a new family member‚ Chris’ beloved dachshund‚ Cami.
After their move‚ Chris decided to become a volunteer fireman. He always had a fear of dying in a fire‚ and he wanted to overcome this fear. In January 2005‚ he joined their squad; he knew he had made the right choice. He was the happiest when he was behind the wheel of a fire truck. He was‚ in fact‚ living the fireman’s dream. Once he received a pager‚ he awaited the next call to help someone.
Chris was on top of the world the morning of July 27‚ 2006. He had talked to the Manhattan‚ Kansas‚ fire crew and was heading to pick up equipment for his crew. On the way‚ he collided with a semi and was pronounced dead on the scene. Being one of Jehovah’s Witnesses‚ Chris had confidence in the resurrection hope. All his family and friends long to see him right here on the earth very soon.
After Chris’ death‚ he was honored in a parade along with all his fellow brothers who died on 9/11. As you drive by the La Harpe Fire Department‚ you will see the memorial banner.