Submitted by his wife
Jack ‘Kit’ Barker‚ 45‚ Driver/Engineer‚ City of Tampa Fire Rescue‚ died January 21‚ 2001‚ as a result of complications of Hepatitis C‚ which he contracted in the line of duty.
He began his service to his country by joining the Army in 1973. He then joined the Tampa Fire Department in 1978. At any station he was always known as a phenomenal cook. In 1999‚ Jack founded the Krewe of St. Florian (Patron Saint of Firefighters) in order to provide opportunities for community service.
While taking care of his wife and two daughters‚ Jack found time to go back to college. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business‚ with honors‚ and was awarded his diploma posthumously. He was also an avid hunter‚ fisherman and golfer.
Jack could also be found volunteering at his church and his daughters’ schools. He always put his family first and greeted everyone with a smile.
‘When a man is a husband‚ father and a firefighter‚ it is impossible for him to form a thought without the three being connected.’
‘It is not how he died that made him a hero…it is how he lived.’