Portion of Main Street dedicated to deceased FWFD Battalion Commander Balliet

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA) – First responders, city officials and loved ones of a deceased member of the Fort Wayne Fire Department (FWFD) gathered Tuesday morning to dedicate a portion of Main Street downtown in as Battalion Commander Eric J. Balliet Memorial Walk.

The dedication took place on the anniversary of the day Balliet’s watch ended while in service. The 19-year-old FWFD veteran went into cardiac arrest during a training drill in September 2017.

“Eric was a member of the Fort Wayne Fire Department for nineteen years and held many leadership positions within the department,” said FWFD Chief Eric Lahey. “Battalion Chief Balliet became a paramedic during his teenage years, serving as a firefighter, deputy coroner and officer in the sheriff’s reserve. Within our department, he served in the Fire Operations Division, Arson Investigations and was part of the Hazardous Materials Team and Water Rescue Team.

Officials say the memorial along Main Street stretches from historic Fort Wayne Fire Department Station 1, past the courthouse and Allen County Sheriff’s Department, and ends at Broadway Street, where Balliet served as Deputy Coroner at Phillip O’Shaughnessy. Forensic center.

“This special recognition of Eric’s service will benefit our community and serve as a daily reminder of Eric’s service to his community, of the sacrifice our first responders are willing to make, and that success depends on perseverance and dedication to a mission,” said Chief Lahey.