Thursday, July 18, 2019
The Rockport Board of Selectmen formally recognized and honored the public service and the life of Rockport Firefighter Kris Junker Jr. Kris passed away at the age of 38 from a lung disease. Rep. Ann-Margaret Ferrante joined me in presenting a framed Senate Order adjourning in Kris’ memory to his family.
Senator Tarr moves that when the Senate adjourns today, it does so in memory of Kris Juncker Jr.. Kris joined the Rockport Fire department as a volunteer firefighter at the age of 18. For 20 years, Kris worked as an integral member of the Sandy Bay Engine Company within the Department. In 2013, Kris was promoted to the rank of Senior Lieutenant.
Kris’ passion was working with children. For twelve years Kris was an indispensable part of Rockport Elementary School’s fire safety programs, including a three-year period as the program’s supervisor. Despite his health problems, Kris always returned to assignments at the fire department when possible. As a testament to Kris’ stature in the community, the fire department organized multiple fundraisers and benefits to help cover his medical bills. At every turn, Rockport’s citizens described Kris as both an indispensable mentor and a model citizen. Kris is survived by his father Kris Sr. and wife Jessica.