….Whether you new him as Captain, Lieutenant, Fire fighter, Harris, Hairball, Hairy Ass, Hair Dog, Son, Dad, Husband or Jeff, one thing was always true : Jeff had a way of gaining your respect and love with a simple “Hey bud” and a handshake. Jeff was loved by all, and always strived for excellence at home as well as in the workplace. He had a genuine lovable character, and carried himself with a strong sense of confidence and determination.
Jeff began his fire service career as a Virginia Beach Volunteer at station 8. Shortly after that he was hire at NOB on engine 2, then moved on to engine 4 where he was promoted to lieutenant. Next he was transferred to Engine 1, and was promoted to Captain on Company 9. His career spanned 14 years and has a family rich in fire service history. Jeff’s accomplishments in the fire service are endless, and his image as model firefighter is priceless.
Jeff will always be remembered by those that were fortunate enough to meet him, for a multitude of different characteristics. He loved to duck and deer hunt, loved to fish, some may still hear that annoying duck ringer he had on his cell phone, or remember his interest in duck decoys.
Jeff was well known in the station as a joker, he loved to play pranks and often times found a way to make the day go by quicker, although it might’ve involved getting someone wet, or playing the innocent guy. On any given day you could see Jeff with a cup of coffee and a smoke, eating ramen noodles, attempting to make a concoction from kitty food, talking about his wife and his kids, and constantly pulling up his pants. Jeff’s legacy will live on forever in our minds and in our hearts.
He will always be remembered not only as an outstanding firefighter and brother, but as a dedicated son, father and husband who was totally committed to loving his family and friends.
On behalf of IAFF local F-25 and all members of the fire service we would like to thank Parents Don and Gayle Harris, Wife Leanne Harris and Kids Jason and Katie for Jeff’s 14 years of dedication to the fire service.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the family.
We miss you Jeff...You will never be forgotten.
A memorial fund has been established in Jeff’s honor for his children.
WACHOVIA BANK - TIDEWATER FEDERAL FIRE FIGHTERS
Account # ending in 9993 (Jeff Harris memorial fund)