Richard Danes always wanted to be firefighter. It wasn't until later in life -- his 60s -- that he actually got to live that dream.
Danes collapsed and died last night while attending firefighter training.
Friday was a quiet day at Station 2 in Brazos County Precinct Three.
This was the station where Danes did what he loved.
"Dick was one of those guys you could pretty much count on to be here. Any time the doors were open and there was work to be done he was here," shared Brazos County Precinct Three Volunteer Fire Chief Gerald Burnett.
That strong work ethic, and desire to learn, drove the 69-year-old. While training with his fellow firefighters thursday night at TEEX, Dick collapsed.
"He was in his gear going up and down one of the extended ladders. It's a pretty common exercise, it is a very strenuous exercise though," explained Burnett.
One of the last pictures taken of Dick was on a day they were supervising some training.
"That day we got to stand and watch with our coffee and that's why I took the picture it was kind of a rare moment," says Burnett.
Dick gave his time elsewhere in town. As a member of the Citizen's Police Academy, he volunteered a great deal with Bryan Police.
"Dick was one of those people who stayed around for years, helping showing up at all the meetings. He woud just come in and dedicate that time," says Bryan Police Public Information Officer Jon Agnew.
The one thing that'll be missing from Station 2?
"His smile," says Burnett. "His smile was always right there below the surface."
The day is only quiet for so long. Burnett gets a call out for volunteers from his precinct.
The job of a volunteer fire fighter is never over.
Funeral arrangements for Dick Danes are still pending at Hillier Funeral Home in Bryan.
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