Phillip Wayne Townsend was born in Sherman, Texas on January 8,1975 to Larry Townsend and Sherry Richardson. Phillip was raised in Denison, Tx and was very well known and highly respected in his community.
From the age of two his ultimate dream was to follow in his father's footsteps of becoming a Firefighter. He spent many days at the station and was very familiar and educated on the life of a Fireman.
Phillip was an athlete; playing football throughout his childhood until his knee injury in highschool. His football career had ended at that moment. In Phillip's Senior year of high school he won the honor of being called Mr. Wonderful with a high kick and a backflip that wowed the entire school. He graduated Denison High School in May of 1994.
After school he wanted to travel. He and his cousins set off to see all the beautiful places the United States had to offer three teenage boys.
After 9/11 Phillip felt a calling that many Americans did and that was to defend his Country all while raising his eldest son. Phillip serve the United States Army until January of 2005.
Phillip was active in his community, especially his Church. He was a youth minister at Truth Church in his hometown. Phillip's love for his community and sports led him into coaching girls softball. He was loved and respected by the young girls for his way of making a team sport into fun, but Championship quality teams.
On December 4, 2005 his dream of becoming a second generation Firefighter became a reality. The words he said will never be forgotton. " Now I can be just like my dad."
Phillip loved his career, he loved helping those in need and most of all, he enjoyed saving lives along side his father.
Phillip was a go getter. He worked tirelessly; he held the job of Firefighter/EMT, worked along side is father in their family Construction Company and was enrolled in school to finish his degree in Paramedicine; all this while being a loving and faithful partner, a father, son, brother and friend.
Little did any of us know that his dream of being a Firefighter would end so suddenly. On December 30, 2006 ( his mother's birthday) he left his earthly body to go to his home in Heaven. That day he woke me up, kissed me goodbye, said I love you and drove away. He left the drive at 6:36 that morning. While on his way to work he left his mother the last voice mail she would get from him.
Just after 9 am he arrived at the scene of a structure fire. Many things went wrong that day including radio problems to not having a command center stationed. At one point his low air alarm activated. His father changed his tank and patted him on the back. He turned to his father and spoke his last words, "I love you dad." The awning of the building collapsed and he was gone at that moment.
Phillip leaves behind his partner in love, Tresa Curtis, his three sons, Maddox, Rylen, and Tristian, his chosen daughter Kassidy, his parents Larry and Sherry, two sisters, Stormy and Lauren. He also leaves behind his grandparents, cousins, many neice and nephews, a host of friends, and his brothers at Denison Fire Department.
His legacy lives on through his children and those that knew and loved him dearly.