The city of Cockrell Hill is mourning the loss of one of its own. Fire Chief Michael Burns died from an inoperable brain tumor last week. Steve Johnson with the fire department tells NBC 5, Chief Burns had been fighting cancer for the past two years.
He was found dead in his home on Friday morning after he hadn't responded to two 911 calls, according to Johnson. Chief Burns was also doing what he loved, he started fighting fires when he was just 17 years old.
On its Facebook page, the Cockrell Hill Police Department posted: "Chief Burns' dedication to this city was unparalleled. He worked tirelessly and efficiently as the city's fire chief while also working as an EMT for Children's Medical Center in Dallas."
Funeral services will be held at the Potter's House in Dallas on Wednesday at 10 a.m.
According to Kevin Devine, Battalion Chief with the Cockrell Hill Fire Department, family, friends and firefighters will take part in a procession before the funeral service. The procession will start at 4830 West Illinois Avenue in Dallas.
The procession will then proceed to the fire station at 4125 West Claredon Drive, where anyone is asked to join in before traveling to the Potter's House for the funeral service.
The Potter's House
6777 West Kiest Boulevard
Dallas, TX 75236