A Legacy of firefighting in the City of Dallas

For over 50 years, the Museum has been operated by active-duty and retired firefighters. Working during their time off, they have given tours, managed educational programming, and maintained the Museum. The board ensures that the memory of fallen firefighters sacrificed will not be forgotten. The Museum works to collect, preserve, and present the history and cultural heritage of the fire service of Dallas and to provide fire prevention and all-hazards life safety education to the public, especially children.


The mission of the Dallas Firefighter’s Museum is to collect, preserve, and present the history and cultural heritage of the department, to honor its fallen heroes, and to provide fire prevention, protection, and all-hazards life safety education to the public, especially children.


Executive Board


Trixie G. Lohrke
Board President
Battalion Chief 8B,
DFR (Ret.)


Daniel DeYear
Board Vice President
Deputy Chief, DFR


Ray Cherry 
Board Secretary
Honorary Chief 


Sherwood E. Blount, Jr.
Capital Campaign Chair
Honorary Chief


Chuck Hampton
Battalion Chief 5A, 
DFR (Ret.)

BOard of Directors

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David Allen
Battalion Chief, Cedar Hill Fire Dept. Retired


Rett Blankenship
Past Museum President
Captain, DFR Retired

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Debbie Carlin
Assistant Chief
DFR Retired


Gene Conway
Texas Fire Museum


Kimberly L. Davies
Registered Nurse
Children's Health 

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Cali M. Franks
Bocell Ridley, P.C.


Stuart Grant
Assistant Chief, GFD
Deputy Chief, DFR Retired


Don Howard
Captain, DFR Retired 

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Debra Mullins

Section Chief

DFR Retired

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Marshall Pettway
Firefighter, Station 37, DFR



Brent Wise
Captain, DFR
Station 33B


 Jimmy Faulkner
Fleet Services Manager, DFR Retired 

Joe Piper
Head of EMS Training, DFR  

Laurel Pitman
Captain, Arson DFR


Ean Schuessler

Co-Founder, Brainfood

John Slate
City Archivist, Dallas Municipal Archives

J.D. Travis 
Head of Maintenance, DFR Retired


Museum Docents

Gary "Bubba" Benningfield
Michael G. Hoskins
Terry May

Michael J. Rogers

Key Committee Members

Mary Brown
Patty Pickard
Shannon Braden


Building for
the Future

When the Board of the Dallas Firefighter's Museum decided that they wanted to expand the part of the mission statement that speaks to teaching fire safety to children, they decided to increase the outreach exponentially with an emphasis on fire prevention and all-hazards life safety education towards school-age children.

The Board knew that they would need to upgrade the facility as the Museum had never been renovated since its opening in 1975. The Board planned a capital campaign into two phases which consisted of Phase I to renovate the exterior of the building and Phase II to renovate the entire interior of the building. 

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