Jackson Purchase Firefighters Association

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This page is dedicated to all Fire & EMS Personnel that have given their lives in the line of duty and / or have served their departments in any capacity as a faithful member.

Even the Angels Weep When One of Ours is Lost



Lamont Gray Calhoun
Lamont Gray Calhoun, age 68, of Kevil, KY, passed away at 4:35 p.m. on Friday, March 18, 2016 at his residence. Mr. Calhoun was a member of Twelve Oaks Baptist Church and Connexion Church. He was a retired firefighter and EMT for USEC, was a lifetime member of the NRA and was a U.S. Army Veteran having honorably served his country with two tours during the Vietnam War.


Harold W. Walton
Mr. Harold W. Walton, Sr., 64, of Salem KY passed from this life on Friday, March 4, 2016, at Livingston County and Healthcare Services in Salem.
Mr. Walton was an active member of Salem Volunteer Fire Department. He was dedicated and dependable. .


Dr. Pat Trevathen
Dr. Pat D. Trevathan, a long-time citizen of McCracken County, died at 5:58 am on April 22, 2016. He was 81 years of age.

Dr. Trevathan  spent fifty years in public service. He served as a member of the United States Navy for four years of active service (1951-1955), followed as a naval reservist (1956-1959), firefighter, emergency medical technician, rescue technician, and instructor/instructor trainer for all these curriculums. Twenty of those years were served with the Paducah Fire Department. After his service with Paducah, he spent twenty-six years with the Kentucky Fire/Rescue Training Division of the Kentucky Fire Commission/Kentucky Community and Technical College System. He was assigned as Coordinator and Chief Instructor for “Training Area One” with offices and training facilities at West Kentucky Technical College.

Dr. Trevathan also served as an adjunct instructor with the National Fire Academy, Paducah Community College, and Murray State University.
He served two years as President of Paducah Professional Firefighters Local 168. He served seven years as Vice President and four years as President of the Kentucky Professional Firefighters (state organization). He served 18 years as Parliamentarian of the Kentucky Firefighters Association and was inducted into the KFA Hall of Fame in 2003. He was the first president of the Jackson Purchase Firefighters Association.

Dr. Trevathan was the First President of the Kentucky Emergency Medical Technician Instructors Association, serving three terms. He served as Executive Secretary for eighteen years. He was inducted into the Kentucky EMS Hall of Fame in 1993. He also was the recipient of the Dr. Jack Carey Award, which at that time, was the highest achievement recognition one could receive from the association. Dr. Trevathan graduated from Paducah Community College with an Associate Degree of Applied Science in Fire Science Technology, and from Murray State University with B.S. and M.S. degrees in Technical Education. He earned a certificate in coordination and administration of Vocational and Technical Education after completion of a thirty credit/graduate level program at Murray State University. He also graduated from the School of Biblical and Theological Studies (Dubberly, LA) earning the school’s Doctorate Degree in Biblical Studies.


WB Ford
WB Ford, 91, of Lone Oak died at 1:55 a.m. Monday, May 9, 2016, at Baptist Health Paducah. WB was a native of Graves County and an active member of Lone Oak United Methodist Church. He was retired from Union Carbide and had been a part of the Lone Oak Fire Department for many years and wore many hats, the last one when he became Fire Chief. He enjoyed fishing and travelling with his wife at his side and was proud of his family, especially the grandchildren.


William "Bill" Meeks
Bill was co-founder of the Possum Trot / Sharpe Fire Department in 1976. He saw a need for the community and committed his time and effort to fulfill that need. He assigned a piece of his property to the fire department at no cost. He worked tirelessly for the fire department and later co-founded the Possum Trot Lions Club. Bill Meeks was as a true "pillow of the community."


Leon Dodge
Leon Dodge, age 92, of Paducah, KY, passed away at 4:50 am on October 11, 2015 at Superior Care Home. Leon was retired from the Paducah City Fire Department with 38 years of service. Leon began his career with the Fire Department on May 22, 1951 and was promoted to Engineer on September 4, 1954, then promoted to Captain on July 1, 1963. He began his work as Chief of the Fire Department on November 10, 1971 and served in that position for 17 years until his retirement on February 14, 1989. Under Chief Dodge’s administration three new fire stations and a training center were constructed, giving the City of Paducah the fire coverage needed. He lead his fire department with distinction and worked diligently to obtain a third class insurance rating for the city which brought a reduction in insurance premiums for the citizens of Paducah.


Harold Dean Felts
Harold Dean “Sappy” Felts, 69, of Paducah, died Monday, September 14, 2015 at 2:15pm at home with the room filled with his loving family and friends at his side. He willingly joined his Lord and Savior after a long battle with an extended illness. He fought with dignity and grace and always carried a smile for everyone. He never met a stranger or never forgot them even if he hadn’t seen them for years. He was a beloved friend to many and would always address them with a smile, handshake, and by name.
He was a member of Heartland Worship Center and was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in Vietnam and was a member of American Legion and life member of VFW. He retired as a Chemical Operator and was trained and active as a firefighter at ISP Chemical, Inc. of Calvert City.










































Line of duty deaths

Barbara Bordenkircher
Wickliffe Fire Department
August 10, 2004

Richard Batts
Hickman County Fire / Rescue
April 21, 2004

Hershel L. Wilkins
North Graves Fire Department
August 1, 2003



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