Although he was a very quiet person‚ his actions spoke louder than his words. He had a sparkle in his smile and a glint in his eye that immediately drew you to him.
Being a firefighter was his passions – his dream job. He lived‚ worked and slept ‘firefighter.’ Previous to becoming a firefighter‚ he worked as a carpenter and used his carpentry skills to build many things around the firehouse. A workbench‚ an activity center‚ and an award and memorial cabinet at the firehouse were built by him. Little did he realize that his picture and those from his engine company that perished with him would be the first to be memorialized in the cabinet. At home he kept busy using his carpentry skills around the house. He even built his own bedroom set.
He liked living on the edge and loved water sports. He had a boat for water skiing‚ a wave runner‚ and a kayak. He was also a master scuba diver and was thinking of teaching diving in his spare time‚ but this never came to pass.
Our local paper described him as being involved with fire and water. If he wasn’t putting out fires he was either in the water‚ on the water‚ or under the water. He had a mountain bike and went on many local bike tours. In the winter‚ the skis came out and he couldn’t wait for the first good snow. After his death‚ we found out that he had already made reservations to go on a sky dive but didn’t tell us because he thought we would worry.
He loved life and lived it to the fullest. If you ever met him you would never forget him. He will be missed forever. WE WILL NEVER FORGET!!!