A special kind of woman; a cut above the rest, that's A FIREFIGHTER'S WIFE, rating her among the best.
How many good byes are shouted, without a fond embrace, as duty steals her man,
for the danger he must face.
How many meals are ruined... or tender moments disturbed, by the wail of a distant signal,
sparking loyalty answered.
It's a devil of a job, for an angel like this, who... for the love of her man, must forsake that kiss.
She can run a garden tractor; even paint a room in need, how she can stretch a dollar is a miracle indeed.
She is mother, lover, chauffer and nurse, a living symbol of: "for better for worse."
Rich is the man, reaping his rewards in life, who chose to be the other half of A FIREFIGHTER'S WIFE. ~Unknown Author~ Borrowed from prayers and poems
He married his high school sweetheart, Kim, in October of 2000, a year after starting his job with the fire department in Delray Beach, and they celebrated their 12th wedding anniversary and 22 years together.
• Eric was hired by Delray Beach Fire/Rescue on June 6th, 1999 as a Fire Fighter
• Eric was promoted to Firefighter/Paramedic on July 7th, 1999
• Achieved Hazmat Technician certification and was assigned to the Special Operations Station.
• He was promoted to the Driver Engineer position on October 1st, 2003.
• Eric also became Dive Rescue certified, and was a part of the dive rescue team at
• Delray Beach Fire/Rescue.
In July of 2011 our good friend and fellow Delray Beach, FL firefighter, Eric Patrie, had a seizure out of the blue. He was taken to Delray Medical Center and shortly after, diagnosed with cancerous brain tumor. It’s called a glioma, anaplastic astrocytoma to be exact, and it was already at grade 4; which is serious. He was only 36 years old. During the 16 month long battle, Eric and his family endured many brain surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation treatments. When these treatments weren’t working, he traveled every two weeks to Duke University in North Carolina to participate in clinical trials for experimental cancer treatments.
Eric was an extraordinary man, loved by so many people, and the kind of guy who would do anything for you. He was always the first one to help when anyone needed it, and chose a career in which he could help others. Eric was promoted to Paramedic in 1999 and then to Driver Engineer in 2003. He attained many certifications throughout his years with Delray Beach Fire Rescue including Hazmat Technician and Dive Rescue for water rescues and recoveries. Eventually he was assigned to the Special Operations Station. Eric liked a challenge and he liked to help people. He was selfless to the core. During his entire battle, he never complained, nor once said, “why me?” He was the best friend anyone could have.
He married his high school sweetheart, Kim, in October of 2000, a year after starting his job with the fire department in Delray Beach, and they celebrated their 12th wedding anniversary and 22 years together. They have two beautiful daughters, Morgan who just turned 5 in January and Riley who is just over a year old. This is not the life Eric and Kim had planned. On November 11, 2012, Eric lost his battle with brain cancer and his young family is without him.
Eric’s friends and family, including his Fire Department family, are putting together various fundraisers to help Eric’s family deal with the financial burden of this devastating disease. They need your help. This website was set up in Eric’s name which will announce these upcoming events as we schedule them. You can make donations directly to the Trust Fund which has been set up to help the family.
The Delray Beach Firefighters and Paramedics Benevolent organized this 5K to assist Eric Patrie’s family with the financial burden this devastating disease has created. Eric left behind a young loving family including two daughters ages 1 and 5.
The Race Committee for the Firefighter Eric Patrie 5k Run/Walk, in conjunction with the Delray Beach Firefighters and Paramedics Benevolent Fund, Inc, are seeking donations and sponsorships for our 4th Annual Firefighter Eric Patrie 5k Run/Walk. The run will be held on May 14th, 2016 at Anchor Park in the City of Delray Beach at 7a.m.
Aside from a beautiful course along A1A in Delray Beach, we plan on having fire apparatus on display along with a heavy participation from local Firefighters, Law Enforcement Officers and the local running community. All registered runners will receive a t-shirt and goodie bag. We will also be offering a FREE Kids Fun Run. All kids will get a race number and finisher’s award.
The proceeds from this race will benefit the Eric Patrie Trust Fund. We would not be able to raise funds for this worthy cause without your help.
100% of proceeds from the event will be donated to the Eric Patrie Trust Fund on behalf of the Delray Beach Firefighters Benevolent, a 501 (c) (3) organization. All donations are tax deductible.
Help us support the Eric Patrie Family Trust Fund.
100% of all donations will go to support Eric's family in this time of need. Please use the link below to donate.
Eric Patrie Coin
Cost Only: $15.
Race participants can pick up the morning of the race.
Send your donations to:
Donations/Eric Patrie Trust
Delray Beach Firefighters and Paramedics Benevolent Fund Inc. P.O Box 6805
Delray Beach, FL 33482
Donations can also be accepted at any Wells Fargo Banks, just walk in and donate to
Kimberly Patrie of Delray Beach, in care of Eric Patrie Family Trust Fund.
We will update this site with the upcoming fundraising events. Check back frequently,
details and locations will posted soon. You can email us at.
The mission of the Delray Beach Firefighters and Paramedics Benevolent Fund is to assist local firefighters and their families, and to support local residents, schools, visitors, and other non-profit organizations. . Read More