With much sadness, the Valley Regional Fire Authority announces the passing of retired VRFA Firefighter Dave Lewis.
On December 22, 2019, the Valley Regional Fire Authority said goodbye to Firefighter 1st Class Dave Lewis after a long battle with occupational cancer. Dave started his firefighting career with the City of Auburn Fire Department in 1982, retiring from the Valley Regional Fire Authority in 2010. Dave served our communities for nearly 28 years in many different capacities, including over 14 years as a Special Operations Team member. He received a Medal of Merit and Meritorious Unit Citation for outstanding work in this specialty which included water rescue, hazardous materials, confined space rescue and rope rescue.
Dave was diagnosed with cancer in 2011, shortly after retiring. He fought valiantly while living life to the fullest, enjoying his family and the outdoors. He was an avid bicyclist, skier, hiker, a motorcycle enthusiast and a talented musician. Dave’s strength, work ethic, and compassion will be missed by all.
“Dave was a gentle giant. He was naturally quiet but had a strong presence in the fire station and on the fire ground. He was a pillar of physical and mental strength and was good at his job. Dave had a good work-life balance and understood the importance of enjoying outdoor recreation,” said Deputy Chief David Larberg.
A celebration of life will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 29, at the Enumclaw Expo and Event Center, 45224 284th Ave SE, Enumclaw, WA 98022.