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Reverend Richard Kirby

East Manatee and Southern Manatee Fire Rescue Districts are mourning the loss of Division Chief Richard E. Kirby who passed away on February 26, 2015.  He was 86 years old.

He was the current Chaplain of both the East Manatee and Southern Manatee Fire Rescue Districts in Bradenton Florida.

He began his volunteer fire service career in 1982 with the Samoset Fire Department as a Fire Commissioner and Chaplain. In 1987, Rev. Kirby became the Chaplain at East Manatee and in 1990 became the Chaplain at Southern Manatee.

In 2006, East Manatee Fire Rescue dedicated Station 5 in his honor to serve as a lasting tribute to such an admirable, dedicated, and respected man.

He was also the Pastor of the Open Bible Tabernacle in Samoset until his retirement in 2008.

Rev. Kirby will truly be missed.  We know that he will continue to walk by our sides and live in our hearts!!