Submitted by his Wife
Eric was extremely dedicated! The fire department was his life. He made sure they were ready for the next call and was always the last to leave. They never had to ask for a volunteer‚ because he was always there‚ ready to do anything. It gave him a purpose in life and made him feel proud. He would swell with pride every time he put on his uniform. He was on top of the world when he was on the job.
In addition to his service with White Oak‚ he was also involved with the West Liberty Volunteer Fire Department‚ the Caney Valley Volunteer Fire Department‚ and the Morgan County Volunteer Rescue Squad. West Liberty Chief John Conley said‚ ‘Eric was always willing and ready to do anything. He was glad to be in the background. He didn’t need to be in the spotlight.’
At home‚ Eric‚ as he was always called‚ was a dedicated husband to his wife‚ Misty‚ and a beloved son to his mom and dad. Although they were his grandparents‚ he loved them as much as anyone ever could. Having been married for three years‚ he and Misty were trying to have a family. They were foster parents who were waiting on a child they could love as their own and for whom they could provide a forever home.
Eric was just as dedicated to his family as he was to his fire department. He helped his mother-in-law build a home from the ground up‚ inside and out. He was a gifted handyman. Being a jack of all trades‚ he was always helping his extended family with plumbing‚ electrical‚ or building. He enjoyed building computers and was a Ham radio operator. He was very passionate about carpentry and electrical work. Most of all‚ he was a proud firefighter; firefighting was his passion.
The day that he wrecked changed his family forever. It is like the heart had been taken out and misplaced. He was in a coma for 14 days before he passed away. He was surrounded by family and friends‚ with his wife at his bedside and members of the fire department there. You could tell he was a vital part of his community and family.