Scores of residents came out to learn about fire safety while honoring one of their own at the annual Layton City Fire Department’s open house. The event is named after Layton Firefighter Kendall O. Bryant, who died in the line of duty of smoke inhalation, after being trapped on the upper floor of a home by a flashover, while searching for a reported victim in the house fire on March 31, 2000.
Kendall dedicated much of his time to educating children about fire safety and had a passion for doing so.
He is the lone Layton Firefighter to have lost his life in a fire and had worked as an on-call firefighter for Layton City for eight years. Kendall also helped organized the department’s softball team.
After the tragedy, the Layton Fire Department received additional financial support for equipment and training. This support was utilized to purchase new self-contained breathing apparatus with updated safety features and to hire a full-time Battalion Chief to oversee the department’s training programs.
Kendall, age 36 at the time, was survived by his wife and three children.
Oct. 7 through Oct. 13 is National Fire Prevention Week.