Captain Urban A. Eck was a 27-year veteran of the Wichita Fire Department. He was injured while working at a two alarm building fire on December 13‚ 2009. He died on January 2‚ 2010.
Captain Eck was 51 and is survived by his wife‚ Lori‚ and their eight children.
Captain Eck was hired by the Wichita Fire Department on March 29‚ 1982‚ and was assigned to Station 11 at 1845 George Washington Boulevard. He was promoted to lieutenant in November 1989 and to captain in January 1994. He also served the community as a member of the Hazardous Materials Response Team.
Captain Eck was one of several Wichita Fire Department firefighters recognized by Firehouse Magazine for his courageous efforts during a 2008 house fire.
Captain Eck is remembered by all who knew him as a leader. In 2010‚ he was posthumously named Firefighter of the Year for his years of dedication to the fire service and the community.
‘Urban was a dedicated public servant and outstanding fire officer‚’ Chief Ronald D. Blackwell said. ‘He was always there for the public and for his fellow firefighters in times of need. He will be sorely missed.’