Firefighter Lt. Bruce Britt was a cowboy at heart

Monday, February 24, 2014 | 8:42 p.m. CST; updated 7:32 a.m. CST, Tuesday, February 25, 2014

COLUMBIA— Lt. Bruce Britt of Ashland died Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, after he was injured while evacuating residents from University Village apartments. He was 48.

Lt. Britt was born on Nov. 23, 1965, to Stormy and Wanda (Howard) Britt in Truth or Consequences, N.M., and grew up in Williamsville, Ill.

He started his firefighting career in Williamsville at a young age and served the Columbia Fire Department for 24 years. 

Lt. Britt was a cowboy at heart before he became a firefighter; he wore cowboy boots and a hat before he could walk. He enjoyed working with horses, working at the Callaway Sale Barn and raising his daughter, Stormy, to be a true cowgirl.

Lt. Britt is survived by his wife, Leigh; a daughter, Stormy Ann; two sons, Paden and Ethan; mother, Wanda; two sisters, Heidi and her husband, Ron, and Kristi and her husband, Brian; and four nephews, Clay, Kenyon, Avery and Chase.

His father, Stormy Britt died earlier.

Services with full firefighter honors will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Crossing, 3615 Southland Drive. A later service will also be held at 10 a.m. March 8 at the Williamsville United Methodist Church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the "Stormy Britt Memorial Fund" at Edward Jones, 3305 E. Clark Lane, Columbia, MO 65202 or the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Hal Bruno Camps for Children of Fallen Firefighters, P.O. Drawer 498, Emmitsburg, MD 21727.

Condolences can be mailed to Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. or posted at

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