Longtime Tangipahoa Fire Superintendent dies after cancer battle

Published: Sep. 3, 2023 at 1:23 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 4, 2023 at 7:21 AM CDT
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HAMMOND, La. (WVUE) - Tributes from local and state responder agencies have been pouring in with the announcement that longtime Tangipahoa Parish Fire Protection Superintendent Dennis Crocker has died after a two-year battle with cancer Sunday (Sept. 3) morning.

Chief Crocker was appointed and hired as the first and only administrator of the Tangipahoa Fire Board in 2012 after a few years of serving in the Kenner Fire Dept. for 25 years.

Crocker remained on the job through his cancer diagnosis until it was announced at the most recent Tangipahoa Fire Board meeting last week that he was leaving the position due to his illness taking a toll on him.

With great sadness Tangipahoa Fire District 2 says goodbye for now to our fearless leader Administrator Chief Dennis Crocker. We will miss him but are thankful he is no longer in pain.

Posted by Tangipahoa Parish Rural Fire Protection District 2 on Sunday, September 3, 2023

“When I would see him, I’d tell him I love him and when he saw me, he’d tell me he loved me,” said Crocker’s close friend Carlo Bruno, a Tangipahoa Parish councilman and Rural Fire District 2 commissioner. “It’s hard to explain what a man would do to run inside of a burning building, not just to save his family, but your family or mine.”

State Fire Marshal Dan Wallis said in a statement, “Dennis’ vision for growing the parish’s fire service capabilities, expertise and reputation to encompass all-hazards response in a professional and cohesive manner was bold.”

Responders all around Louisiana knew Crocker well and shared their condolences Sunday morning.

It is with great sadness to report that Retired Captain Dennis Crocker passed away this morning after a courageous battle with cancer. Please keep the Crocker family in your thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Kenner Fire Department on Sunday, September 3, 2023

It is with great sadness to report that Chief Dennis Crocker passed away this morning after a heroic battle with...

Posted by Louisiana Urban Search & Rescue Task Force 9 on Sunday, September 3, 2023

“He’s leaving us,” Bruno said, “but he’s leaving behind things that’ll never leave us and it’ll always be Dennis Crocker who started those things.”

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