In Loving Memory of Christopher Duane Carneal
March 1, 1973 – November 30, 2020
Last updated 12/8/2020 at 3:15pm
It is with great sadness that the family of Christopher Duane Carneal announces his passing after a courageous and valiant battle with kidney cancer on Monday, November 30, 2020, at the young age of 47. Chris leaves behind an unimaginable void and will be forever remembered by his loving wife and best friend, Dana, and their four wonderful children, Katelynn and Garrett Carneal and Delaney and Riley Cross; by his mother, Bonnie Carneal; and his sister Heather (Jeff) Strossner. Chris had a very large, loving family and will be deeply missed by his many aunts, uncles and cousins, as well as his nieces Naerissa, Kyndal and Brystol Strossner. Chris was also loved by his wife's family, Susan Holliker and Retired LtCol Robert F. (Carolyn) Holliker, Keith (Beth) Holliker, and their three boys, Noah, Evan and Luke. Chris leaves behind a strong brotherhood and amazing second family at the Fort Carson Fire Department and will be missed by so many friends and coworkers there.
Chris was born on March 1, 1973, to Albert D. and Bonnie C. (Woolsey) Carneal in Colorado Springs, CO. He spent all of his life in the Fountain/Widefield area, and these were the communities where he served as a Firefighter/Paramedic and Police Officer. Most recently, Chris was a Fire Captain and Paramedic with Fort Carson Fire and Emergency Services and he was passionate about consistent training with and for his crews, standing up for his people and making sure they each knew they had a voice, and caring for the people in his community.
As an avid hunter, Chris spent every hunting season in Buena Vista, CO. He would spend every fall with his friends and family trekking through the San Isabel National Forest, returning with an elk more often than not. Chris was a talented woodworker and welder. In his free time, he enjoyed restoring his 1941 Plymouth Business Coupe, a car he bought with his father when he was 16 years old. Chris was a Mason of the Ramah Lodge, with his faith being grounded in God.
Chris was a standout paramedic with over 26 years of service as a paramedic/firefighter. His work at Fort Carson Fire Department and the other communities he served was so much more than just a career, it was his calling. He received many life-saving awards and commendations, but would never tell you about them. Chris was very humble when it came to public service. He loved what he did, and it showed. He lived by the motto of, "Work until the work gets done and tell a few jokes along the way." He loved high-angle rescue work, swift water rescue training, and wild land firefighting. His absence will leave a hole within the fire service. Chris treated everyone with decency and respect, and had friends within multiple departments.
Chris was preceded in death by his father, Albert D. Carneal, his paternal grandparents as well as his maternal grandparents. He has also been reunited with many other loving relatives and is now in Heaven watching over and protecting us all.
A funeral with Firefighter Honors will be held at The Road at Chapel Hills, 2025 Parliament Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80920, on Thursday, December 10, from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. with a private graveside service to follow.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.