Gregory M. Simmons, 50, was a volunteer with the Eastland Fire Dept. for 11 years after serving for 10 years on the Sachse Fire dept. He was killed in the line of duty on April 15, 2011 fighting a wildland fire.
Gregory Mack Simmons began a life that would cross paths with people from all walks of life. Firefighter Simmons was always willing to lend a helping hand and a Firefighter that accepted the oath, belief and life of one who serves his community. You could find him at the concession stand cooking for the band, at the Volunteer Fire Departments Fish Fry’s, lending a hand with the towns’ haunted house or serving as the “Oldest Water Boy in History” for the athletic teams and the Eastland High School Band.
His unforgettable smile, cheerful laughter and a warm hello. One of his favorite past times was to take advantage of the clear and dark evening skies in Eastland, where he would have the girls join him outside, where they would watch the stars and spend time talking, or even stopping in the middle of a crazy day to make a simple phone call to his girls just to say “I love You”.
Greg answered his final call on Friday, April 15, 2011 while battling one of five wildfires in Eastland County, Texas. Although his efforts helped to save the town of Gorman, Eastland Fire Department Volunteer Fire Fighter Greg Simmons gave his life doing what he loved, a fire truck struck him, killed on impact. Greg was indeed a giver. On that dreadful day the lives of his brotherhood at the Sachse and Eastland Volunteer Fire Department, his community, and most importantly his family was changed forever. We will always miss the Husband, Father, and Friend he was. The legacy he leaves behind wife Carrie, 2 daughters Kateland and Karley Simmons is reflected in their special smile, contagious laughter, and the sparkle in their eyes. Being a wife of a volunteer Firefighter has given me pride, honor & dignity to be involved with the fire dept & its brotherhood. Greg will be forever loved and never forgotten.