Sturgis remembers former Assistant Fire Chief - KOTA Territory News

Sturgis remembers former Assistant Fire Chief


Brent "Peachy" Aaron Lyons, 42, Sturgis, died Monday, February 17, 2014 at the Rapid City Regional Hospital after a short illness.

A funeral service for Lyon was held Saturday, at the West Gym of Sturgis Brown High School with Pastor Peary Wilson officiating. Burial followed at the Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis.

Peachy was born May 6, 1971 at Sidney, NE, to George and Sandra (Smith) Lyons. He grew up in Sidney and graduated with the class of 1989 from Sidney High School. Following graduation he married Autumn Hodges at Sidney on June 16, 1991.

He worked as a meat cutter for Safeway foods before working in Sterling, CO, where he was the service manager for the Ford Dealership. The family moved to Sturgis, SD, in 1998 and Peachy joined the fire department. He was named rookie of the year for the fire department in 1999. He also worked in the service department for Courtesy Lincoln Mercury in Rapid City.

During the summer months he was a contract wildland firefighter for T and D Fire before buying his own trucks and starting Lyons Wildfire. He was an EMT for Sturgis and Deadwood.

During the winter months he was a member of the ski patrol at Terry Peak. At the time of his death he was the director of the ski patrol and the Assistant Fire Chief for the Sturgis Fire Department.

Peachy was a member of the Frank Welch Lodge #75 AF & AM of Sidney, NE and Olive Branch Lodge #47 AF & AM of Sturgis. He was named firefighter of the year in 2000, officer of the year in 2001 and 2003. He was also a member of the National Ski Patrol and the National Firefighters Association.

Survivors include his wife Autumn Lyons, his children, Cyrus and Mallory Lyons, all of Sturgis; parents, George and Sandra Lyons, Rapid City; brother, Robb Lyons, MT. View, CA; mother and father in law, Kathy and Gene Hodges, Lodgepole, NE.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents.

A memorial has been established to benefit his children.

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