LODD: Ore. fire chief found dead at station
Rocky Point Fire & EMS Chief Glenn Harman was found dead at his computer at the station after 48 years of service
KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — A community is mourning the loss of their fire chief, who died Oct. 16 while on the job.
According to a USFA announcement, Rocky Point Fire & EMS Chief Glenn Harman, 64, was found dead at the fire station after collapsing at his computer.
Harman was a 48-year veteran of the fire service and is remembered by his family and colleagues as a kind person and mentor who was committed to public safety.
“He’s always been there to help everybody,” Harman’s brother, Gary Babcock, told Herald and News. “He was a good influence and an outgoing person. People were attracted to him.”
Hundreds of people attended Harman’s funeral and swapped stories, including Harman’s cousin, Dennis Olson, who said Harman slept with his fire scanner on every night so he could jump into action if needed.
“That was his game — he always wanted to help people out, it was just in his blood,” Olson said.
Responders Tammy D’addabbo and Anity Forry recalled a fire they responded to with Harman a couple of years ago, and said Harman gave each responder a specific order as they left the station and made six trips back and forth to get water for the firefighters.
“It was like a symphony,” D’addabbo said, adding that Harman walked her down the aisle when she got married in June.
“[He was] like a well-oiled machine,” Forry said. “He wasn’t just our fire chief, he was our friend. We’re fractured right now, but we’re getting there. We’re moving forward.”