DALLAS (KXAN) - Dallas Fire-Rescue Capt. Kenny Harris died in Wednesday's explosion in West, Texas, the city of Dallas said in a statement.
Harris, 52, lived in West. He was off duty at the time of the incident, but went to the scene to see if he could help, the statement said.
"Captain Harris rushed to the scene compelled to provide assistance to his community during this crisis," Dallas mayor Mike Rawlings said. "I want to express my deepest condolences to his family, friends and co-workers."
He was hailed as a role model by one of Dallas' top officials.
"Captain Harris' response is typical of all our first responders; night and day, no matter where they are, no matter if they are on or off duty they respond with the greatest acts of bravery," said Dallas City Manager Mary K. Suhm.
The DFR Chaplain and other members are currently in West, supporting the Harris family at this time.
"Our hearts are heavy and hurting with the loss of such a great firefighter, great husband and great family man," said Dallas fire chief Louie Bright III. "Dallas Fire-Rescue is wrapping its arms around the Harris family to provide comfort and support."
Also killed in the blast was 26-year-old Jerry Chapman. He worked at the Black-eyed Pea restaurant in Hillsboro, Texas.
The supervisor at the restaurant said Chapman was one week away from graduating from his EMS training.
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