The Denver Post
Sep. 30—A full-honors memorial service will be held Thursday for a Denver firefighter who died while on his shift with the department.
Technician Jeffrey J. Billingsley, 42, died during his work shift on Sept. 20, according to the fire department. Billingsley was taken by ambulance to a hospital emergency room for treatment, but he didn’t regain consciousness.
Thursday’s service is at 11 a.m. at the Denver First Church, 3800 E. Hampden Ave., in Cherry Hills Village. The service is open to the public. It will also be live streamed at https://denverfirstchurch.com.
A procession will immediately follow the church service to Olinger Funeral, Cremation & Cemetery at Crown Hill, 7777 W. 29th Ave., Wheat Ridge, for a private internment.
The public is invited to pay respect along the procession route, which is as follows: East on Hampden Avenue; North on Colorado Boulevard; West on Evans Avenue; North on Broadway (will turn into Lincoln); Northwest on Speer Boulevard; West on 29th Avenue; South on Federal Boulevard; West on 26th Avenue; North on Irving Street; West on 29th into Crown Hill Cemetery.
Billingsley was a 19-year veteran with the department, most recently assigned at Denver
International Airport Fire Station No. 35. He was recognized for rescuing three people from a fire in 2004. Billingsley was active in the Denver Fire Department Pipes and Drums Corps playing drums at events and funerals. He served as a board member on the Denver Fire Department Burn Foundation.
In 2005 Billingsley talked with the Denver Post about fire station cooking and chow. At that time, he bragged about a low-fat carrot cake and took a lot of ribbing from his fellow firefighters.
“At least I’m trying,” Billingsley said in defense of the carrot cake and his culinary efforts.
In October 2007, Billingsley was among the emergency responders who rescued a 6-month-old child who plunged down a furnace air duct into the basement of a home in the 1400 block of Syracuse Street.
He is survived by his girlfriend Lindsey Foster; his parents John and Margaret Billingsley; his brother Matt; sister Lisa; and nephew Henry.
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