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Kenny Harris Obituary

Kenny Harris (AP Photo/Dallas Fire-Rescue)
Kenny Harris (AP Photo/Dallas Fire-Rescue)
Kenny Harris, 52, a captain in the Dallas Fire Department, died in the explosion at West Fertilizer Co. in West, Texas. Harris was off duty at the time of the explosion but responded in order to help.

KENNETH HARRIS: Dallas firefighter

Dallas Fire-Rescue Capt. Kenneth Harris, 52, was off duty when the fire that caused the West Fertilizer explosion happened, but he still rushed to the emergency to offer his help to other firefighters responding to the scene.

"Captain Harris' response is typical of all our first responders; night and day, no matter where they are, no matter if they are on or off duty they respond with the greatest acts of bravery," Dallas City Manager Mary K. Suhm said in a statement.

Dallas Fire Chief Louie Bright III said, "Our hearts are heavy and hurting with the loss of such a great firefighter, great husband and great family man."

Harris graduated from the Dallas Fire Academy in 1982 and served as a firefighter with the Dallas Fire Department for more than 31 years. He also owned Harris Home Inspections and Construction with his family, a funeral home obituary said.

He loved offshore fishing with his sons and spending time on his boat the "Boots Up." He was a member of High Point Church in Waco and the Dallas Firefighters Association-Local 58.

He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Holly Harris of West; three sons; parents; two sisters; nieces and a nephew.

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