Darcy was born and raised in Yuma, Colorado. He joined the fire department on April 18, 2012 and became captain on January 1, 2019. He died in a line-of-duty accident responding to a call on October 21, 2021, at the age of 34. Darcy’s firefighting calling came after The Heartstrong Fire of 2012. He was not yet on the department but volunteered by helping the farmers and firefighters combat this large grass fire. He always wanted to follow in the footsteps of his grandfather, who served as a volunteer firefighter for 27 years. Darcy was not as easily able to become a fireman because of his dyslexia. He felt this would hold him back and limit his capabilities. With help from his fellow firefighters, he was able to become a first responder. Darcy took great pride in his accomplishments, despite his reading disability.
Not only was Darcy involved in the rescue aspect of firefighting, he loved anything fire related. He participated in the annual firemen’s races held during State Convention, which he looked forward to every year. He even attempted his hand at fireman’s dodgeball in Imperial, Nebraska. Darcy touched many lives through simple acts of kindness, from stepping up to be a partner or teammate of a new fireman to inspiring a younger generation to follow in his footsteps.
Darcy was known for his willingness to help others and his incredible work ethic. These attributes led to his numerous positions within the community, including County Fair Board vice president, volunteer fire captain, and a man anyone could call on for assistance. From a young age, Darcy was an entrepreneur with everything from candy vending machines and lawn mowing businesses to most recently running a successful rental business/tree moving operation. He did all of this while maintaining a full-time position as a diesel mechanic alongside his father in the family mechanic shop. Darcy took pride in all his accomplishments but was never boastful. He was a true service man to his community and everyone around him.
Darcy touched the lives of everyone he met, especially his family. He made it a priority to spend time with wife, Mickie; son, Owen (5); and daughter, Keiley (1). They took weekend trips to Denver to go to the zoo and museum. They also loved camping with his friends and extended family.
Darcy gave his all until the very end. He and his fellow firefighter spent his last day servicing all ten fire vehicles, and he died while responding to his last call.