Submitted by His Wife
Classification: VolunteerDate of Death: November 1‚ 2006Age: 32
Greg joined the Kent Volunteer Fire Department in 2003 and was also a member of the Arkema Fire Brigade where he was employed in Carrolton‚ KY. Greg was very passionate about the fire service and had eagerly traveled to Texas A&M fire school in the fall of 2005. Greg was full of life and enjoyed it to its fullest. He will always be remembered for his beautiful smile that will forever be missed by all of those who knew and loved him. Greg was an avid hunter and fisherman and spent as much of his free time as he could enjoying those past times. He was a devoted husband‚ brother‚ son‚ uncle and friend. Greg was always eager to help anyone in need and never expected anything in return. He was a very humble man who was always laughing and joking around. He never knew a stranger and was liked by all who met him.
On November 1st‚ 2006 the Kent Fire Department and several other local fire departments responded to assist the Hanover Volunteer Fire Department in battling a house fire at the Little Kings Horse Farm just outside of Kent‚ IN. The house was estimated to be approximately 13‚000 square feet. Greg and other firefighters were inside the home when a decision was made to retreat due to the intense heat and smoke. As they were doing so‚ a flashover occurred. When the firefighters made it outside‚ they realized that Greg was not among them. A rescue team was organized and quickly re-entered the home. Greg was located on the second floor and removed. Another firefighter was injured during the rescue and required surgery on his leg. Sadly‚ Greg had been in the heat and smoke too long and was unable to be revived.
Greg was very proud to be a member of the Kent Volunteer Fire Department and the difference that he made by becoming a fireman. There will forever be an empty place in the hearts of all of his family and friends. He was a true hero in life and in death.
From: Chad McAlisterEmail: [email protected]:
Greg was a great guy and a great firefighter who will be missed by everyone in the community. Everyone of us that was on scene that day will never forget Greg or that sad day. The world needs more people like Greg and his wonderful wife Mindy to make the world a better place. Greg you will be missed very much.