Fort Worth firefighter remembered after fatal motorcycle crash

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by MONIKA DIAZ and TODD UNGER

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Posted on March 11, 2013 at 10:17 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 13 at 9:03 AM

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FORT WORTH —Family members and fellow Fort Worth firefighters are remembering the life of Randy Berry, 42, who was killed in a motorcycle accident on Monday night.

"He always said he wanted to be a police officer or firefighter and he fulfilled his dream," said his mom, Grace Berry.

The accident happened shortly before 7 p.m. in the 300 block of Sycamore School Road, about six blocks west of the South Freeway.

Berry's passenger, Shymill Murphy, 37, passed away in the intensive care unit at John Peter Smith Hospital Tuesday evening. 

Firefighters and Berry's family gathered at Fire Station No. 28, where he worked.  In a tragic twist, firefighters from that station were the ones who responded to Berry's accident.

Members of the crew accompanied paramedics when they transported Berry and Murphy to the hospital.

"The Fire Department is deeply saddened at the unexpected loss of one of its members," the agency said in a written statement.

Berry had been with the Fort Worth Fire Department since January 2006, and previously served as fill-in with the department's swift water rescue team.  He was instrumental in a rescue effort during a 2007 flood in Haltom City, helping a family to safety.

Berry received an honorable discharge after serving four years in the U.S. Air Force.

He is survived by two daughters, Desiree, 19, and Dominique, 15. Funeral arrangements are pending.

Fort Worth police are investigating the cause of the accident.  Fire officials say Berry may have swerved to avoid hitting another car. 

E-mail mdiaz@wfaa.com and tunger@wfaa.com

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