Remembering firefighter Kyle Perkins

By Lakecia Shockley - bio - email

Posted by Ellen Krafve - email

KILGORE, TX (KLTV) - "He was a good man, one of those really good guys and I tell my students at school I got one of the good ones," said Linda Perkins.

She is a school teacher. She says her husband Kyle meant the world to her family.

"He is the rock of his whole family. Everybody depends on him so we're all going to have to depend on each other," said Linda.

In remembrance of Kyle, photos are scattered through the Perkins home. Linda said she remembers the day she met Kyle in band class.

"I'm in the clarinet section and he's in the percussion section," she said. "It was at the very end of the year and he - we started to get that little eye contact thing going and from then on that was it," she laughed.

Perkins wasn't just a fire fighter, he owned Baird Tire Store in Kilgore and was involved in the Sound Barber Shop Chorus, Boy Scouts, and was a true outdoorsman and family man.

"If his daughter and son were doing something he was there, Daddy was there," said Craig Barton, a Longview fire fighter paramedic and a lead instructor at the fire academy.

He trained both Perkins and Cory Galloway at Kilgore College Fire Academy.

"One thing we try to teach is train like you're going to do your job, and that's what they were doing. They were training as if it was a real life situation," said Barton. "It's a lot of dedicated men and these two were just as dedicated as the ones that are still working today."

A dedicated fire fighter brother who leaves behind a loving family.

"He's still with me and the kids and inside them and with them," said Linda Perkins. "He'll never be forgotten and he'll always be there for us."

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.