Written by By Michelle Curry
(CNN) — Andy Garlick was remembered Monday as an ever-positive person by fellow firefighters and those who knew him in his work at City Hall in Indianapolis.
Garlick, 55, died Thursday after battling breast cancer, according to a statement released by Mayor Joe Hogsett and Indianapolis Fire Department Chief Gregory Bastian.
He spent more than 30 years as a firefighter and reached the rank of battalion chief.
Garlick loved his job and made a point of joining his co-workers at restaurant lunches.
When he became a battalion chief, he went above and beyond to recruit and retain firefighters, the mayor and fire chief said.
In his many years with the department, he worked closely with the widows of firefighters who had died in the line of duty.
Garlick would always take the time to comfort or greet them, the leaders said.
“We express our deepest condolences to his wife, Debbie, and family in this time of grief,” they said.
They called Garlick a hero whose legacy will live on through his “powerful community impact.”