Curtis was a great father, a great husband, a great teacher, and a great person for a kid to look up to. He was my friend's dad back in middle school, and he was like a second father to me. Everything we did had a lesson. I learned so much about life from him. He was a police officer and a very busy person, but somehow found the time to coach or play a large role on every single sports team his son played on. He became ill of brain cancer before his son and I even made it to high school. He continued to coach on a baseball team even while going through chemotherapy and fighting for his life. He lost all his hair, became very weak, but still found the strength to come to every game and coach third base, giving the batters courage and confidence to hit the ball. The cancer advanced quickly, and within a matter of months, it ended up taking his life. He fought until the very end and continued to offer insight on life as his was dwindling away. I have never learned as much from anyone as I did from Curtis. He was a courageous person who wanted nothing more than to help other people. There is a framed picture in his house of him running away from a burning building with a small child in his arms. That picture exemplifies Curtis' character.
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