Biloxi Fire Department has lost one of its own: Firefighter Darren Endris lost his battle with a prolonged illness on January 16th.
Endris has served the City of Biloxi as a firefighter for 25 years and was recently awarded the Phil McCabe 5 Bugle Award, also known as the Chief’s Award.
To honor him, the fire department will host a fish fry this Friday and all the money made will go towards the Endris family.
Biloxi Fire Chief Joe Boney tells News 25 that three in five firefighters will contract occupational cancer and right now Mississippi has no legislation protecting first responders. However, there is a house bill in the works to change that. “It’s called presumptive legislation. Mississippi is only one of seven states that do not have presumptive legislation. These firefighters contract cancer and they have to do the treatments and stuff on their own. This will allow the city’s insurance to help offset those costs.”
The fish fry will take place at Lopez-Quave Public Safety Center in Biloxi on Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 2. You can call 228-435-6200 if you would like to pre-order a plate.