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William Conrad (Billy) Lewis

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William Conrad (Billy) Lewis Obituary

We announce with great sadness the death of a beloved son, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin, friend, and "brother" of the Fire Service. Billy was born on November 9, 1972 in Yuba City, CA. He died on February 14, 2016 in Sacramento, CA after battling the demons of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder caused by 20+ years of being a First Responder.

Billy is survived by his loving parents, W.C. "Lew" and Karen Lewis of Gridley, CA; his sister Michele Rebensdorf; brother-in-law Derrick; nephew Jared; and niece Danielle, all of Elk Grove, CA. He also leaves behind numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

After graduating from Live Oak HS in 1991, Billy pursued his lifelong dream of becoming a firefighter. Between 1991 and 2004, he worked as a volunteer and was hired by Sutter Co. and Yuba City Fire Depts. In his desire to work for a larger dept., he became a paramedic and was hired by Sac City FD in 2004. After 10 years at SCFD, Billy retired from the job he loved. The horrors he saw as a First Responder were things he never spoke about and unfortunately he kept those feelings buried during his career. Billy was finally diagnosed with PTSD in 2014 and although he tried and made a valiant effort, he never recovered.

Though never married, Billy had many loves – his family and friends. He loved being a firefighter, loved serving others, and was proud to carry the badge. He loved his "brothers" both locally and across the country. He loved his Boxer dogs, Max (deceased) and Ember, and he recently began fostering Boxers. Billy enjoyed getting tattoos to tell his life story. He was an excellent cook, enjoyed working out in the martial arts, and he loved listening to music. He was proud of his volunteer work with the Burn Institute, The Firefighters Memorials, and the F.O.O.L.S.

We would like to offer our sincerest thanks to Kay Williams, LMFT Counselor.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, February 26, 2016 at 2 p.m. at Ullrey Memorial Chapel, 817 Almond Street, Yuba City, CA 95991.

In lieu of flowers, we ask that you make a donation to the West Coast Post-Trauma Retreat for First Responders in San Rafael or to NorCal Boxer Rescue in Billy's honor.

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Published in Appeal Democrat from Feb. 21 to Feb. 24, 2016
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