Honoring A Hero: Kelly Crush

The Texoma community is honoring one of their own. Retired veteran firefighter Kelly Crush lost his battle with Lou Gehrig's disease.

Fire Lieutenant with the Wichita Falls Fire Department, Minton Seymore, said,"No matter the situation, fire house, emergency scene, or laying right there in his bed, Kelly was always laughing and smiling."

That is the Kelly everyone will remember. A man who always looked on the bright side and a true jokester. A quality that would always bring everyone closer, more than just firefighters.

"You just have to be a fireman to understand and it's a very unique job in a lot of areas." Seymore added, "The family part of the job is probably the one thing a lot of occupations don't have."

Wichita Falls Firefighters say Kelly was a brother, a leader and a tremendous firefighter. Getting diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease in 2008 hit Kelly hard.

Kelly had to retire as a Wichita Falls Firefighter after serving more than 20 years driving an engine truck. Seymore said the one bump in the road didn't get Kelly down, he continued to help.

Kelly was involved with the Muscular Dystrophy Association, but still managed to keep in touch with his fellow firefighters and friends. 

The Wichita Falls Fire Department will never be the same. "We got a lot of good guys on the department, but a Kelly Crush comes along not to often." Seymore added, "He's a good guy and the city was lucky to have him, and we were too."

Kelly Crush's service is Saturday March 31, at 1 p.m. at Kay Yeager Coliseum.

Natalie Garcia,  Newschannel 6