I was sad to see this announcement. Chief Becker was a Chief to be measured by. He always wanted us to name our children Francis. Rest in peace "Uncle Howard".
It was such a privilege and honer to have gotten to know Mr. Becker. You will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with the Becker family.
Howard was my first and favorite chief I ever had throughout my career with the WFD. He used to tease me that the only reason he hand picked me out of my rookie class was because he'd heard I could play softball. it took me a little while before I could live up to his expectations. lol I always felt he was a great chief to work for. He knew how to get a job done write and also know how to handle a troop that might be having a problem. My sympathies go out to the Becker family. God now has the best Bat. Chief working for him at his side.
Howard was great neighbor and friend. We will miss him.
Truly God has a special place for a special men. Howard, you are deserving of that special place. Thank you for being my friend and always there when you were needed.
Bob Goree, Capt.(RET.)WFD
God Bless this family and friends for there loss.
Howard was a man who lead by example. What he had, others wanted: Honesty, integrity, and compassion. When he spoke it was laced with wisdom and humor. I was privileged to serve with him and under him.
Jim Riley, WFD #705, retired
God bless you, Mr. Becker. He was my son's godparent during a particular rough time in my life. He was truly a great example. Was such a caring person. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. May you rest in peace.
Sam Bannister said it best. Howard was like a father! He treated everyone well and was one of the most honorable people I've ever known. Rest in Peace Chief...It's under control!
Entire Becker Family: What a tremendous loss you and all Howard's friends must feel right now. Howard will always have a special place in my heart for all he did for me..esp. with Zeke and many others on my case load. Words cannot express my affection for him. Know your family will all miss him. The Ringers/Ronnie, Charlotte, Roger,Rodney
Howard was not only a mentor and a friend with an impeccable sense of humor, he was the finest example of what a human being should be. His priorities were always in order. God's speed, my friend.
MY DEAR FAMILY MY HEART BREAKS FOR EACH OF YOU HE WAS NOT ONLY MY UNCLE BUT HE WAS MY GODFATHER AND HE WAS TRULY A REMARKABLE MAN THAT WAS LOVED AND WILL BE MISSED BY EVERYONE THAT KNEW HIM HE HAS TOUCHED A NUMBER OF LIFES OVER THE YEARS MY THOUGHT AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU ALL.
Howard was my first Bat. Chief. He was a great guy and a lot of fun. Always had a good attitude and cared deeply for the firemen. I will miss him.
I will miss one of the greatest men I ever knew, Howard was my second Father and I loved him dearly. Rest now my friend with your Father in Heaven your work down here was very well done.
Chief Becker is a treasure to the Wichita Fire Department. Howard will be hitting home runs in heaven. A great man.