FWFD Battalion Chief honored in dedication ceremony

A portion of Main Street downtown has been dedicated as  the Battalion Chief Eric J. Balliet...
A portion of Main Street downtown has been dedicated as the Battalion Chief Eric J. Balliet Memorial Parkway(Staff)
Published: Sep. 27, 2022 at 1:35 PM EDT
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) - Fallen hero Eric J. Balliet was honored on Tuesday when a portion of Main Street downtown was named as the Battalion Chief Eric J. Balliet Memorial Parkway.

The City says the Parkway travels from the historic Fort Wayne Fire Department Station 1 along Main Street, past the courthouse and Allen County Sheriff’s Department and ends at Broadway Street. This is where Battalion Chief Balliet served as a Deputy Coroner at the Phillip O’Shaughnessy Forensic Center.

On Sept. 27, 2017, Battalion Chief Balliet went into cardiac arrest during a training exercise. On the anniversary of his death, family, friends, firefighters, police officers and local officials gathered to recognize Balliet’s 19 years of service with the Fort Wayne Fire Department (FWFD).

While serving with the FWFD, Balliet served with the fire operations division, arson investigations, and was a part of the Hazardous Materials Team and Water Rescue Team.

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