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National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

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Public Safety Officer/Firefighter
Age: 43
Year of Death: 2021

Kevin D. Simmons

Kevin Daniel Simmons was born on December 10, 1977, to Candace Phillips Simmons and the late Calvin Simmons. Kevin was a member of Fairview Presbyterian Church. He was part of the Local 150 Plumbers and Steamfitters Union of the CSRA.

Kevin was a diehard South Carolina Gamecock fan, win or lose. He loved playing golf, working out, and doing metal/woodworking in his free time. Kevin enjoyed spending time with his family whom he loved dearly. He was always that ray of sunshine that brightened up every room he entered. Kevin took great pride in taking care of his family, whether through support and encouragement or tough love that was needed on occasion. You could always count on Kevin to give you advice, even if it wasn’t what you wanted to hear. He was never afraid to tell you his opinion or how he felt about a situation in hopes that it would be helpful.

Kevin was a volunteer firefighter with New Ellenton Fire Department from 2010-2016. He always knew that he wanted a career of service to give back to the community which led him to apply to Aiken Department of Public Safety.

Kevin joined the Aiken Department of Public Safety as a public safety officer/firefighter on May 10, 2021. He assisted with training for Hazmat Ops, Firefighter 1 and Auto Ex. On July 29, 2021, during the Firefighter 2 basic training class, Kevin was exposed to the COVID-19 virus. He tested positive for COVID-19 a few days later, and his symptoms worsened. Kevin was hospitalized on August 10, 2021, and passed away on August 15, 2021.

Kevin leaves behind to cherish his memory, his loving wife, Christi Presley Simmons; three children, Chaysen Simmons, Samantha Simmons Carter, and Danielle Simmons; his mom and stepdad, Candace and Steve Bigg; his siblings, Tracy Tucker, Kenneth Simmons, Rebecca Massie, and Calvin Simmons Jr.; two stepbrothers, Mickey and Tyler Bigg; two stepsisters, Sherridan and Cassidy Bigg; three grandchildren, Landon, Harley, and Bryson; and a number of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Although Kevin’s career ended far too soon, he was a hero to many and will never be forgotten. His greatest legacy was positively impacting the lives of others and unknowingly leaving footprints in the sand of time that will forever live on.

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