Memorial service Saturday for fallen Anchorage firefighter

Tegan Hanlon
Anchorage Fire Department Captain Jeff Bayless collapsed during a department training on Friday, March 7, 2014. He later died at an area hospital.
Anchorage Fire Department
Capital City Fire & Rescue firefighters Brent Clancy, right, and Travis Larsen bring down a flag as Rep. Charisse Millett, R-Anchorage, and Brian Murphy of the Anchorage Fire Department watch on the roof of the Capitol building in Juneau, Alaska, on Wednesday, March 12, 2014. Along with an Alaska flag, the flags will be presented to the widow of Senior Captain Jeffery Bayless, a veteran with the Anchorage Fire Department, who died last Friday following a training exercise. (AP Photo/The Juneau Empire, Michael Penn)
Michael Penn

A public memorial service will be held Saturday for the 51-year-old Anchorage firefighter who died earlier this month.

Jeff Bayless, a senior captain at the Eagle River station, collapsed after a training activity on March 7 and died soon after at a local hospital. Family members remembered the 3rd generation Alaskan as a quiet and creative with a passion for his career.

A procession for the fallen firefighter will begin at 1 p.m., starting at the intersection of 5th Ave. and Cordova St. and traveling west to the Egan Convention Center, 555 W. 5th Ave., where the public service will start at 2 p.m.

Bayless' family has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in his honor to either the Anchorage Downtown Soup Kitchen or the Food Pantry of Wasilla.

Drivers should expect delays on the stretch of 5th Ave. between Cordova St. and G. St from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Reach Tegan Hanlon at or 257-4589.