LARRY DAVIS-FIRE SERVICE INSTRUCTOR, LEADER & PIONEER R.I.P.
Sunday, August 3, 2008
It is with deep regret that we announce the death of our friend & Firefighting Brother, Larry Davis. Larry, a veteran Firefighter, noted fire service author, speaker, instructor and just plain nice guy, passed away yesterday (Sunday) at his home in Corpus Christi, Texas, after a 7-month battle with lung cancer at the age of 63. Larry leaves behind his wife, Mary Ann, a daughter Kayce, a stepson Christopher, and a brother Mark. Larry’s 40-plus years of dedication to the fire service left its very positive mark on so many in North America. While his focus was often directed towards small-town USA and rural fire departments – his passion for teaching and writing covered many aspects of fire and emergency services.
Larry's often "direct" style of educating, instructing and simply making a point (always right!) while ruffling feathers from time to time, has made a major and very positive impact on so many firefighters, departments and communities...including the town we reside in. Never one to be PC or beat around the bush, his passion for doing what is right when it came to firefighters or those we serve was always his top priority..."like it or not". And while initially, Larry's observations were sometimes looked upon at a distance by those afraid to accept reality, time always proved that what he said, suggested or taught-was the right thing to do. The classic "Larry Davis reality checks" have resulted in so many positive differences and changes in leadership, staffing, operations, firefighter safety and survival throughout North America,
While I had the chance to first meet Larry in the early 70's through my involvement with ISFSI, Larry got his start well before that, in the 1960’s with the Canonsburg VFD in Pennsylvania. Then it was off to the Air Force where he served in several capacities in their fire service. He worked for many years in industrial fire protection and loss prevention with Industrial Risk Insurers while at the same time being active in the leadership of the International Society of Fire Service Instructors. Upon his retirement from IRI, Larry moved to Texas and was a Staff Division Chief with the Refinery Terminal Fire Company and then Industrial Emergency Services. He was also the Vice President of GBW Associates, LLC and one of the founders of the Rural Firefighting Institute.
At the wishes of the family, a memorial service is being planned for a date sometime in August – more details will follow when they are released. The family also recognizes that Larry’s passion for making the fire service better touched so many people ...and the family is encouraging folks that knew Larry to send their thoughts and remembrances in an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Those emails will be collected and posted at www.gotbigwater.com
for all to see as a tribute to Larry’s work.
Without a doubt, Larry had a major impact on the way I personally and professionally see things in the fire service. Larry's style of cutting through the B S along with his ability to show the common sense side of this business left a very clear mark on myself and so many who were lucky enough to have met him, or know him. Rest in Peace Larry.
Our condolences to the entire Davis family and friends.