Tragic Loss: Grant Neil Cherry,24 year-old Montgomery firefighter dies in a motorcycle crash

Tragic Loss: Grant Neil Cherry,24 year-old Montgomery firefighter dies in a motorcycle crash

An off-duty Montgomery firefighter Grant Neil Cherry was killed in a crash after losing control of his motorcycle in the Sam Houston National Forest on Thursday, officials said.

Montgomery firefighter Grant Neil Cherry dies in motorcycle crash

According to Montgomery Fire Department representatives, just after 2:30 p.m., they responded to a major accident on FM 149 close to FM 1375Grant Neil Cherry, 24, the victim, had apparently been off work and out for a motorcycle ride. When he approached a curve between Osbourne Road and FM 1375, Grant lost control, leaving the road.

Authorities said Cherry had been ejected from the bike, and CPR was performed. Officials said fellow firefighters also responded and tried to save their friend but could not.

He was pronounced dead at the scene. His body was escorted by law enforcement and fire trucks from Montgomery, and a wall of honor was formed as he was taken into the Montgomery County Forensic Center.

Tragic Loss: Grant Neil Cherry,24 year-old Montgomery firefighter dies in a motorcycle crash

Who was Grant Neil Cherry?

Grant Neil Cherry, born July 20th, 1998, unexpectedly passed away on the afternoon of February 9th, 2023 at the age of 24 in his hometown of Montgomery, Texas. Grant found his passion at a young age serving as a firefighter in the Montgomery Fire Department. He took his responsibility to protect the people in his town very seriously.

Grant constantly tried to work as many shifts and assist as many people as he could, even though he spent many sleepless nights and helped many strangers through their most difficult times.

More lives were saved and more individuals were helped by Grant during his three years of duty than the majority of people could in a lifetime. Grant was the powerful silent kind, and he frequently let his deeds speak louder than his words, so you would never know that if you hadn’t seen it for yourself.

Career Journey- Awards and Rewards

He was named Most Outstanding Cadet during his fire academy and he received the awards 100 Club Firefighter of the Year (2020), 100 Club Rookie of the Year (2021), and Montgomery Fire Department Officer’s Choice Award (2020). He received the latter three awards for helping to save a victim from a house fire.

The only thing that Grant loved more than his career in the fire service was his mother, Jane Lindsay Cherry. He demonstrated this by sacrificing much of his time, energy, and plans to make sure that she was taken care of. At a time when Grant was developing a bright career as a ship captain, he abandoned that future so that he could come home to care for and provide for his mother who needed her son.

He also made the difficult decision to take a second career as a firefighter so that he could serve others in addition to her rather than simply moving back in with her.
Grant personified “quiet power,” and you didn’t need to know him for very long to realize that. He was greatly regarded and loved, and he will be sorely missed.

Grant Neil Cherry Funeral Service

The Montgomery County Fire Department released a statement that spoke of Cherry’s character. He was named Most Outstanding Cadet while in the fire academy and also was a recipient of the 100 Club Firefighter of the Year for 2020 and 100 Club Rookie of the Year in 2021.

According to the statement, Cherry was recognized for saving a person from a burning house fire. Cherry was said to have a great love for his mother, as he made sure she had everything and was taken care of. The funeral services for the fallen firefighter are pending, according to the fire department.

Tributes by Dale Junkins

An outstanding tribute to a truly unique and dedicated man who was a great son, friend, and firefighter. Prayers go out for Grant’s mother, friends, Montgomery Firefighters, and the people of Montgomery who will miss his dedication, professionalism, and passion for serving others.

The tribute sounds like a blueprint of what every mother prays that her son becomes and what we want every firefighter to be. So much potential has taken way too soon, and we ask why? Some may find comfort in God’s word, Isaiah 57:1 The righteous perish, and no one takes it to heart; the devout are taken away, and no one understands that the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil. Rest in Peace Brother!

Social Media Condolences

ABC13 Houston Posted

Fellow firefighters said they tried to save the 24-year-old, who had been off work and was enjoying a ride through the Sam Houston National Forest before he lost control of his bike.

Control Bots Posted

This is very sad! I am very sorry to hear this! His family has my deepest condolences.

Boran Posted

so very sorry for the loss of your Son. Sounds like he was raised by a good Momma and a most outstanding young man in every aspect of his life. I know you must be so proud of the person he was. Prayers for comfort during this time of loss.

Conni Kitten Posted

What a darling! My heart goes out to his mom and to his firefighting family. My son, Stephen Kitten, spoke highly of Grant.

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