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An Act of Bravery

Off-duty Dallas Fire-Rescue captain dies in West, Texas explosion

Dallas Fire-Rescue captain Kenny Harris
Captain Kenny Harris worked for Dallas Fire Rescue for 30 years. Photo courtesy of Dallas Fire-Rescue

Kenny Harris, a captain in Dallas' Fire-Rescue department, was killed in the explosion of a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, on April 17. He was 53.

Harris, who lived in West, was initially reported missing. He was off duty at the time of the incident. He was not a volunteer firefighter in West, but when he became aware of the fire incident, he responded as a helper.

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings expressed his condolences to Harris' family, friends and co-workers.

"Captain Harris rushed to the scene, compelled to provide assistance to his community during this crisis," Rawlings said.

"Captain Harris' response is typical of all our first responders," said Dallas city manager Mary Suhm. "Night and day, no matter where they are, no matter if they are on or off duty, they respond with the greatest acts of bravery. The City of Dallas and the citizens of Dallas have lost a real role model."

Harris had been with the department for 30 years. He was married and a father to three grown sons.

The DFR chaplain and other DFR members are currently in West, supporting the Harris family at this time.

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