City of Independence, Missouri

Independence Fire Department announces death of Fire Equipment Operator Harold “Gene” Eddins in off duty accident

The City of Independence Fire Department is sad to share that Fire Equipment Operator Harold. E. “Gene” Eddins has passed away following an off-duty motor vehicle accident on Friday, Oct. 14. 

FEO Eddins was hired as a Firefighter/Paramedic in October of 2010. In his 12 years with the department, he also served as a Fire Inspector and was promoted to Fire Equipment Operator in 2020. His career included a commitment to public safety that spanned more than 30 years.

Details will be shared on funeral arrangements when available.