Fallen Fort Wayne fire captain laid to rest

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Fort Wayne Fire Capt. Eric Balliet was laid to rest Wednesday.

Fort Wayne Fire Capt. Eric Balliet

Hundreds attended a funeral service for Balliet at First Assembly of God located at 1400 West Washington Center Road, ahead of a burial ceremony at Huntertown Cemetery at the corner of West Cedar Canyons Road and Dunton Road.

During the ceremony Balliet’s wife and two children were presented with a letter from the governor, a medallion of service from the State Fire Marshall and a medal for a line of duty death.

Balliet was a captain on the fire department and would have been promoted to Battalion Chief in February. Today Fire Chief Eric Lahey awarded him the new rank saying, “We knew him as a captain, but let’s remember him as a chief.”

Balliet passed away on duty Wednesday night while training in Fort Wayne. He was 41.

Balliet was a 19-year veteran of the fire department. He also served as a reserve Allen County Sheriff’s officer and a deputy coroner for the county. He was also active with area burn survivors, and a parishioner at Pathway Community Church.

Balliet is survived by his wife, Alicia, and their twin children, Lucas and Alyssa.