Remembering firefighter Cory Galloway

By Layron Livingston - bio - email

Posted by Ellen Krafve - email

VAN, TX (KLTV) - "He's always wanted to be a firefighter. He tried for so long," said Cory Galloway's sister, Jade Hopson. "That was his passion."

"When he got on at Kilgore, that was just like a realization of a dream for him," said Calloway's girlfriend, Sarah Hunt.

Those close to the fallen firefighter say he pursued that dream to the end. His sister, was listed as his emergency contact. Sunday afternoon, she got a call on her cell phone...

"It was one of the firemen in Kilgore, and he said that Cory had been in an accident," said Hopson.

She said she's still not sure exactly what happened.

"All we were told was that he fell," Hopson said.

She said they raced to the hospital in Longview, but when they got there Cory was already gone.

"He was such an influence on my life," said Hunt.

She said that she and Cory were together for 5 years.

"I was so proud of him for sticking and hanging in there and getting on at a fire department," said Hunt. "I think it's important for people to know the sacrifices that these men make."

She said they were going to start looking for houses soon, but not too far from his family in Van.

"If he was not at the station, he was here with us, and he was with the kids," said Hopson. "He loved his family so much.

"He wanted everyone to be happy and to be taken care of," said Hunt. "I guess he can look down on us all now. We love him so much...and miss him very much."

Now, They are just hoping this tragedy never happens again.

Galloway's body was sent to Dallas for an autopsy. His family tells us members of the Kilgore Fire Department will escort his body back to East Texas tonight.

Right now, funeral plans for the men are still pending. In the meantime, a memorial fund has been set up for the families of Kyle Perkins and Cory Galloway. You can make donations at Citizens State Bank in Kilgore.