STINNETT, Ky. (WYMT) - Friends and family members of the former Coon Creek Fire Chief, Ronald “Ronnie” Melton, said their final goodbye Sunday.
The coat and boots he volunteered to wear remain by the former chief’s side, and at Sunday's funeral service Firefighters from young to old gave him a final salute.
“It was very honorable especially the turnout of the number of fire departments that were here not only inside the county but outside the county,” said Thousandsticks Fire Chief, John Newell.
All of which say Melton was a man known for his dedication.
“He was quick to respond. He was a big help to everybody if he saw you needed something help with, he was quick to jump in there and do it,” said Hyden Fire Chief, Bill Morgan.
And they say even in his poor health he was there for each of them.
“There were times that physically he wasn't able to do things, but he would still get out there and try. He tried to the very day that he passed away,” said Newell.
Melton was the coon creek fire chief, and a grade school football and basketball coach for more than 20 years. Many say he will be missed by the entire community.
“I'll miss him as a firefighter, and a fire chief. I'll miss his number, 505, being called on the radio. It will not be the same,” said Newell.
As they hang this fireman's coat up for good.
Coon Creek Assistant Fire Chief Mark Kilbourne is currently acting as fire chief until further notice.