Emergency Response Department for Mid-Missouri • Line of Duty Death: December 22, 2021
On December 22, 2021 Assistant Fire Chief Bryant Gladney was responding to an early morning call on Interstate 70, when he was struck by a tractor trailer, resulting in fatal injuries. He had worked in the emergency response department for mid-Missouri for over 25 years. In 2020, Bryant was given the title of Assistant Fire Chief.
As a member of Missouri Task Force 1, Gladney was one of 28 urban search and rescue teams in the United States. He helped after Hurricane Isabel in 2003 and deployed to New York City after 9/11.
Friends and family of Assistant Fire Chief Gladney said he strived to make the world a better place. He cared so much about the people around him, and helping others. Gladney treated everyone respectfully, and served his community to the best of his abilities. He taught and mentored hundreds, if not thousands of EMT, Paramedics and Firefighters. His best day was when a call went well, and it was because of his teaching. He is remembered by colleagues for his great sense of humor.
In his life, Gladney showed people how to care for one another. He was known for his leadership and compassion that extended to the entire fire department. When he walked in, everyone knew he would bring a positive, uplifting attitude.
Assistant Fire Chief Bryant Gladney is survived by his wife, Jamie, two sons, Jack and Shaun, and daughter-in-law, Elizabeth.