The Biloxi Fire Department is mourning the loss of one of their own. Darren Endris passed away on Wednesday morning at the age of 52.
The flags at Biloxi Fire Station 4 are at half-staff, paying tribute to a fallen brother. Firefighter 3, Darren Endris, lost his long battle with cancer. Biloxi Fire Station 4 Captain Brian Rouse said, “Always a smile on his face, just a real pleasant man to be around. He was a family man, a Christian man as well, just a real pleasant individual.”
Endris grew up in Biloxi, attending Biloxi High School. After spending time in the Air Force, Endris was hired by the Biloxi Fire Department in 1994. After excelling in his position, he received a promotion. Biloxi Fire Department Director of Operations Andy Mason said, “He became a driver in 1998, which is an engineer spot with our department, a well sought out position.”
Endris was married and had two children. He was known as an average family man. However, in the department he was regarded for his work ethic which didn’t slow down one bit after he was diagnosed with cancer. “He always came to work. He was always smiling. He always had a good attitude, even through all the health issues that he had,” said Rouse.
Endris’ hard work didn’t go unnoticed. Last November, he was surprised with the Phillip McCabe 5 Bugle Award given to the person who exemplifies everything a public servant should be. “He was like ‘I’m going to get my dress uniform and head on down there.’ So, he did and it was just an awesome, awesome night when he received the award. It was very emotional for everyone. No one more deserving.”
Visitation for Darren Endris will be held this Saturday from 12 to 2 p.m. at the Riemann Family Funeral Home in Biloxi. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., followed by a procession past fire station 4.