The most difficult time of my career occurred when I was transferred from Fire Station 1 to Fire & Life Safety, as the department’s Community Programs Coordinator. I started with this opening because 2004-2006 was tough for me to get up and go to work. As I look back on that time, I realize that it was as good as any other time, during my career. Of the many people that supported me during that time was the Deputy Fire Marshal, in charge of Plans Review, Frank Kinnier. Frank reminded me of some of the “old salts” that I met during my time in Hatteras NC. Frank greeted me with a kind word, each and every day that I came to work in Fire & Life Safety.
Frank served in the fire service for 47 years. The job that he finished his career with, and that which I knew him in, was the Plans Review Coordinator. Frank led a talented group of men and women who insured that buildings under construction were built according to all applicable building and fire codes, making them safe for the citizens that utilized these buildings for whatever reason, as well as making them safe for the firefighters that had to enter these buildings, due to a fire related problem. I can say that Frank took his job very seriously, caring deeply for the citizens and firefighters that he served.
Frank was not only a dedicated fire service employee; he was also a man of faith, fully devoted to his family. Anybody who visited Frank’s office or cubicle knew by the many pictures that adorned his space, who was important to him. Frank was a good man and a role model to everyone that knew him.
Frank just lost his battle on this earth with cancer. He fought this fight with the same integrity that he lived his life. God’s word tells us “every man is appointed to die once.” Everyone that knew him will miss Frank, but we need not be sad for Frank. Frank knew Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior, and for that reason, he is in the presence of the Lord now. No more suffering and pain, every believer’s hope has become Frank’s reality. Though there may be others carrying on the Kinnier legacy in the fire service that I do not know about, Frank’s son is carrying the torch well. God bless you Kinnier family.