(Tempe, Ariz – Feb. 4, 2018) It is with great sorrow that the Tempe Fire Medical Rescue Department announces the death of Captain Kyle Brayer, 34, a 10-year veteran with the department. The Scottsdale Police Department is investigating his death which took place early this morning in Scottsdale.
Brayer will be missed by his family of colleagues in the fire department and by the wider community of first responders in the Valley.
The members of the Tempe Fire Medical Rescue Department, the Mayor and Council of the City of Tempe, and City of Tempe employees offer their respect and sympathies to his surviving family, friends and colleagues.
“Kyle was an exceptional young man. He was very caring and passionate about his work and the Tempe community. The death of our brother is a tragedy,” said Greg Ruiz, Tempe Fire Medical Rescue Chief. Brayer’s is the second death of a Tempe firefighter within six months. Captain Frank Reed died in a swimming incident in Portugal in October 2017.
Brayer’s most recent assignment was at Tempe Fire Station 6, 655 S. Ash, as a captain for Ladder 276 and the technical rescue team. Brayer began his career with Tempe Fire Medical Rescue after serving in the United States Marine Corps.
One highlight of his career was his involvement in launching Tempe’s Veterans Telemedicine Program in 2016. The VTMP is an innovative program in partnership with the Phoenix Veterans Administration Hospital which provides in-home medical care to high-risk veterans living in Tempe. As a veteran, he was proud to bring this program to the people in the community who served the country. To see Brayer’s interview about the program, go to http://bit.ly/2s5c4qW
Members of the media are asked to contact the Scottsdale Police Department for any information about the investigation at 480-312-5000.
For information about Captain Kyle Brayer and the Tempe Fire Medical Rescue Department, please contact Assistant Chief Hans Silberschlag at 480-858-7201.
Photo: Captain Kyle Brayer, City of Tempe, Tempe Fire Medical Rescue Department