Garrett was born on April 21‚ 1983‚ in Watertown‚ New York‚ to Gary Loomis and Amy Summerville-Loomis of Sackets Harbor‚ New York. In 2001‚ at age 18‚ Garrett began his firefighting career with the Sackets Harbor Fire Department and became a third-generation firefighter‚ following in the footsteps of his brother‚ father‚ and grandfather.
Garrett graduated from Sackets Harbor Central School in 2001‚ where he was vice president of both his junior and senior year classes. He was also a member of the National Honor Society and was named the school’s top male athlete during his senior year. Garrett earned a bachelor’s degree in sport and entertainment management from the University of South Carolina in the spring of 2006.
After college‚ Garrett attended the New York State Fire Academy at Montour Falls and then took a job as a firefighter for the city of Wilmington‚ North Carolina‚ in 2007. Two years later‚ in 2009‚ Garrett had the opportunity to return home to Sackets Harbor‚ when he was offered a job as a federal firefighter with the Fort Drum Fire and Emergency Services Division of Fort Drum Army Base‚ the same department his father had served with for over 20 years.
When Garrett moved back home he once again joined the Sackets Harbor Volunteer Fire Department to serve the community where he grew up. He was promoted the following year to assistant chief in Sackets Harbor as a result of his experience‚ leadership‚ and dedication to the fire service. On April 11‚ 2010‚ after more than nine years of service as a firefighter‚ Garrett lost his life on the scene of a fire in Sackets Harbor. Garrett’s death has left a hole in the Sackets Harbor and Fort Drum communities‚ but his memory lives on. On July 26‚ 2011‚ the Fort Drum community honored Garrett by dedicating their new fire station in his name and memory.
Garrett is survived by his parents‚ Gary and Amy‚ brothers‚ Benjamin and Bryan‚ and a large extended family. He is remembered by both family and friends as someone who loved life and strived to set an example for his fellow firefighters. When not at work‚ Garrett enjoyed boating‚ hunting‚ golf‚ and playing soccer at the local YMCA. Garrett’s brilliant smile and heartwarming hugs are missed by all who knew him.
Garrett’s last Facebook quote said it all: ‘Hope and pray that you’ll never need me‚ but rest assured I will not let you down. I’ll walk beside you‚ but you may not see me.’