Mesquite, TX – July 30, 2021 – On July 30, the City of Mesquite honored Lieutenant Chris Kneggs for 28 years of service to the Mesquite Fire Department. Mayor Bruce Archer presented a proclamation at his retirement ceremony.
Here is the proclamation:
WHEREAS, Chris Kneggs started his career with the Mesquite Fire Department on March 29, 1993, was promoted to Driver in 2000 and to Lieutenant in 2006;
WHEREAS, Chris earned his paramedic certification in 2003, was awarded a Life Saving Award in 2000, was named the 2005 Firefighter of the Year and received the PAT Fitness Award in 2019; and
WHEREAS, Chris started his firefighter career later than most, it was family and faith that has propelled him to become a man who has always put in 100% in everything he does, working to make a difference, whether it be to help a rookie better understand a concept, to help a patient make it through the scariest moment of their life, or to volunteer for a good cause; and
WHEREAS, Chris is active in the Good Friday meals that the Fire Department participates in each year at the Ronald McDonald House and he also volunteers with the Lonesome Dove Range and Royal Family Kids Camps each year as he saves up his personal vacation time to make sure he can be a part of these life changing camps and show these kids the attention they deserve; and
WHEREAS, Chris has been married to his wife Debra for 40 years and they have two children, Tara and Taylor, and 6 grandchildren, Wyatt, Lilly, Wesley, Logan, Brady and Cole and he looks forward to being able to spend as much time possible with his family after retirement.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Bruce Archer, Mayor of the City of Mesquite, do hereby proclaim July 30, 2021, as:
Lieutenant Chris Kneggs Day
in the City of Mesquite and urge Mesquite citizens to thank Chris for his dedicated service to this community, and his continued commitment to his family and his faith.
PROCLAIMED this 30th day of July 2021.