Beloved Wichita firefighter dies unexpectedly

Hearts were heavy across the Wichita firefighter community on Wednesday as news of the death of one of their own began to settle in.

Collis Grisby, a graduate of Northwest High School and a longtime member of the Wichita Fire Department, died unexpectedly this week, according to the department.

According to several of his colleagues, Grisby, 53, was not only a fearless and selfless firefighter, he was also one of the most popular people in the department.

“He was always a welcoming person and he always had a smile on his face,” said Stuart Bevis, a battalion chief with the department. “I never heard a bad word about him. He will certainly be missed.”

(Read more: Wichita Eagle)