National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

Roll of Honor

Age: 45
Year of Death: 2001

Jack K. Barker

Submitted by his wife

Jack ‘Kit’ Barker‚ 45‚ Driver/Engineer‚ City of Tampa Fire Rescue‚ died January 21‚ 2001‚ as a result of complications of Hepatitis C‚ which he contracted in the line of duty.

He began his service to his country by joining the Army in 1973. He then joined the Tampa Fire Department in 1978. At any station he was always known as a phenomenal cook. In 1999‚ Jack founded the Krewe of St. Florian (Patron Saint of Firefighters) in order to provide opportunities for community service.

While taking care of his wife and two daughters‚ Jack found time to go back to college. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business‚ with honors‚ and was awarded his diploma posthumously. He was also an avid hunter‚ fisherman and golfer.

Jack could also be found volunteering at his church and his daughters’ schools. He always put his family first and greeted everyone with a smile.

‘When a man is a husband‚ father and a firefighter‚ it is impossible for him to form a thought without the three being connected.’

‘It is not how he died that made him a hero…it is how he lived.’

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  1. My brother was my hero, my protector, my cheerleader and my friend. We talked about everything, enjoyed cooking together and even played softball against each other one season. He was always welcoming to all, enjoyed life and spending time with his family and friends. It has been almost 14 years to the day and it still brings tears to my eyes when I think of him, I want to call him to talk over things, share good news or ask his opinion. He is sorely missed, I know he is my guardian angel and is watching over me. I love you big brother and miss you every day.

    – Patrice Barker
  2. Jack was a great father and he was my friend! I will never forget him!

    – George Levy
  3. My husband, Bruce, loved Jack. He loved working w him at the station. Bruce thought he was a great guy. He was very sad when Jack passed away. Prayers for the family.

    – Bethany
  4. I met Jack in the early 1980 we worked together at the 911 call center which at thattime was called signal what a time he was my trainer, we even worked off duty together he was a true friend, a very good family man. love him

    – Cleam salter