Eric L. Morrison
- City of Fort Smith Fire Department
- Age: 42
- Year of Death: 2019
Eric Lee Morrison loved the adventure of life, his family and friends, and left a beautiful legacy to this world. Born May 3, 1977, Eric was an adorable brown-eyed, blonde-headed boy who always had a smile on his face, never met a stranger, and was adored by everyone. Referred to as “a gift from God” by his mom and dad, Eric valued friendships, played extreme sports, completed a bachelor’s in business administration, and started two successful businesses.
Eric joined the Fort Smith Fire Department in 2003, discovering his lifelong calling as a protector. Some would refer to Eric as the station’s favorite, a great cook, and the one who kept everything and everyone organized, making sure everyone was working hard and pulling their weight. His motto at work and at home was “Give 100%, no matter what, all the time.” Eric had a true brotherhood with his fellow firefighters. They loved each other, shared life events, and created countless memories. Eric served on thousands of calls during his service and was a true hero who saved countless lives. Eric excelled as a firefighter. He received the Commendation Medal with V Device for Rescue at a fire in 2010, the Certificate of Appreciation for FireTAC for physical fitness training in 2011, and the Achievement Medal for airpack technician in 2015.
Eric’s qualities of love and care were evident for his family, which was everything to him. Eric married the love of his life, Amy, in 2004, and in 2010 they welcomed a son, Henry, who instantly became their pride and joy. The family loved life, traveling, and enjoyed each moment of sharing life with family and friends. Eric was at his happiest when he was outdoors, especially with his family and close buddies. He loved being in the woods, hunting, fishing, cycling, and outdoor sports. Eric was an example of a Godly man who loved and provided for his family and served others.
Eric was diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer in December 2017. During the next 23 months, Eric fought with unbelievable strength, courage, independence, and dignity with the prayers, love, and support of family, friends, medical staff, and strangers. Eric continued to work at the fire station until a month before his death. He never felt sorry for himself and had the attitude of “Every Day is a Good Day.” For all that knew Eric, he touched each life in a special way and made this world a better place. Eric will always live in our hearts. Joshua 1:9.
Eric was a great guy and a tremendous firefighter. He would have an awesome career. He is missed every day.– Ronnie Rogers
Rest well hero, you made a difference in our world. Thank you for your dedication to others.– Blankenship Ben
Till we meet again!– Tommy Bishop