Flags at Lufkin fire departments are now at half-staff in honor of Patrick Crews. The 35-year-old husband and father lost his year-long battle with cancer this week.
"Patrick was the kind of person everybody liked," said Richard Davis, batallion chief for Shift A. "He showed up for work, did his job, and did it well. There were some shifts that I can tell he really didn't feel like being up here, but he kinda tried to hide it and go about his duties, which he did."
Crews joined the department eight years ago. He becomes the first firefighter in Lufkin to die while on active duty. He died Tuesday in a Nacogdoches hospital.
Captain Brad Gallaway said, "It's tough. This is the first loss like this I've ever encountered; one of our friends, one of our brothers, but we'll just have to look ahead and keep going. We'll never forget him."