By Simone Jameson, WACH
First responders right here in Columbia are dealing with the loss of two long-time members of the Columbia Richland Fire Department from the coronavirus.
Billie Bright, who served as a chaplain for the Columbia Richland Fire Department for over a decade, lost his battle with coronavirus Sunday – after reportedly fighting it for weeks in the hospital. Battalion Fire Chief Joseph Casey Desso passed suddenly from the virus on Monday.
“We miss both of them. We miss both of them. And we’re praying for the families and for this department,” said Columbia-Richland Fire Chief Aubrey Jenkins. “They will always be engrained in our hearts, our minds, our thoughts and our prayers.”
Bright had been with the department since the 1980s. He is a man Jenkins says lent helping hands to police departments and even colleges, touching many with words of inspiration.
Battalion Fire Chief Joseph Casey Desso had been a member of the department since the late 90s, and was a few months shy of his twenty-five-year anniversary. He served as an engineer and captain before becoming a battalion chief.
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