New Hampshire Firefighter Remembered At Funeral

Family, friends and firefighters from around the country gathered at the funeral of a firefighter who died when his sport utility vehicle flipped over in bad weather last week.


ELIOT, Maine (AP) -- Family, friends and firefighters from around the country gathered at the funeral of a firefighter who died when his sport utility vehicle flipped over in bad weather last week.

Fire Lt. Chris DeWolf, 40, who lived in Kittery and worked in Newington, N.H., was remembered at his funeral Tuesday as a family man and dedicated firefighter.

``For the time that he worked with me, he was my righthand man. Now he's God's righthand man,'' Dover Fire Chief Perry Plummer told mourners at the Eliot Baptist Church.

DeWolf ``lit up a room,'' Newington Fire Chief Roy Greenleaf said Monday, at DeWolf's wake. ``He was always going 100 mph in different directions.''

DeWolf, who worked part-time for the Fire and Emergency Television Network on its training films and documentaries, went to Washington in the hours following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. He was among the first to shoot footage at the Pentagon after a hijacked plane crashed into it.

DeWolf was born in Biloxi, Miss., and attended public schools in Swanton, Vt., and Portsmouth, N.H. He graduated from Portsmouth High School in 1983, then earned an associate's degree at Southern Maine Technical College and his bachelor's degree at Daniel Webster College.

He began as a firefighter in Kittery, then joined the Dover department in 1987. He also coached high school and youth hockey.

DeWolf is survived by his wife, Kelly, and two children.