Wichita Falls Firefighters are mourning the loss of one of their own. Just after 6 p.m. Sunday night, Kelly Crush lost his battle with Lou Gehrig's Disease.
The 20 year WFFD veteran battled the debilitating disease for nearly 4 years.
Kelly thought he had suffered a pulled muscle, only to be told it was much more.
In September 2008 he was diagnosed with the disease.
Rather than giving up hope, he became a national spokesperson for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Kelly had a self-proclaimed motto "Strength In Brotherhood". He spoke at many national and regional conventions as well as numerous fire stations across the country. He stressed the importance of volunteering and supporting the MDA Fill the Boot campaign to aid in the Association's health care services and research efforts.
Kelly was blessed to have not only the brotherhood of his Wichita Falls Fire Fighters, but was also blessed with friendships of those he met all over the United States.
Long-time friend and fellow Fire Fighter Tony Miser said "Kelly was a kind-hearted, caring individual who would do anything for anyone. His sense of humor and "never quit" attitude was an inspiration to us all. He impacted the lives of so many. He was truly one of a kind".
He was an active member of the Wichita Falls Fire Fighters Association.
Arrangements are pending with Owens and Brumley Funeral Home. Kelly was 51.
For more information contact the MDA office at (940) 696-5581 or (940) 642-3797.