We very deeply regret to pass on that Fire Chief Henry Sheffield, retired Chief of East Manatee (formerly Braden River) Fire Rescue, and current Fire Academy Supervisor in Manatee County, Florida, passed away suddenly this morning following a medical emergency on Sunday.
Henry and I worked together (he as chief and me as his assistant chief) together for many years. Quite frankly, a cooler, kinder and more driven and dedicated “old school values” but progressively focused and highly education focused firefighter, leader and genuine character… you would be hard to find. Henry and I, along with our families have remained close since we hired him in 1983.
Henry very successfully lead unprecedented growth from literally a “tin house” fire station to today’s 7 station, 100 square mile operation. He always did it with focus on what’s best for the community he served, and the firefighters he lead.
The following message is from current East Manatee Fire Chief Lee Whitehurst:
It is with the heaviest of hearts and the deepest of regrets that we announce the passing of Henry L. Sheffield, a 47 year veteran of the Florida Fire Service and a friend to many. He suffered a medical emergency at his home in Bradenton this past Sunday afternoon and was rushed to Lakewood Ranch Medical Center where he remained in ICU with his family by his side until his passing at 05:15 this morning. Please keep Chief Sheffield’s family in your thoughts and prayers during this most difficult time.
There will be more information forthcoming regarding a memorial service.
More to follow. Condolences to his wife, 2 children, grandchild and loads of family and friends. We’ve lost a good, good man.
Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.