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Franklin Fire Chief Announces Passing of Firefighter-Paramedic Dimitris “JD” Fotopoulos

Post Date:09/06/2016 3:31 PM

Franklin, TN – Franklin Fire Chief Rocky Garzarek regretfully announces the passing of Franklin Firefighter-Paramedic Dimitris “JD” Fotopoulos. 

On Labor Day the department learned that Fotopoulos, who was 40, died over the weekend while on a mission trip with his church group in Honduras from injuries sustained during a motorbike crash. 

Fotopoulos served the Franklin Fire Department for nine years beginning in 2007, primarily at Station 2 on Murfreesboro Road.  In August he transferred to Station 8 in Westhaven as part of the first crew to staff that new station.  

During his time with the department Fotopoulos earned a Unit Citation for Valorous Conduct in 2010 for rescuing a woman from a house fire.  He also earned three Phoenix Awards for saving the lives of three people in cardiac arrest.

A Michigan native, Fotopoulos had previous firefighting experience with the Pontiac Fire Department in Pontiac, MI.

Garzarek said, “JD was larger than life and never met a stranger.  He was recognized among his peers for his excellent attitude and compassion for others.  This is a huge loss to our fire department family and he will be greatly missed.”

Funeral arrangements have not yet been made.

A press conference with Fotopoulos’s co-workers will take place tomorrow morning at Station 8:

Date      Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Time     8 am

Place     Franklin Fire Station 8, 200 Front St.


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