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Fallen firefighter remembered at service

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Monterey volunteer Terry Sharon honored for dedication to duty

By Molly Haines

Dozens of firefighters from across the state gathered Saturday to honor a fallen Monterey Volunteer Firefighter, Terry Sharon.

Sharon died Sept. 13 after responding to a report of a motor-vehicle accident.

Although many in attendance did not know Sharon personally, a sense of brotherhood was felt throughout the service as firefighters stood in honor of Sharon and the Monterey Volunteer Fire Department.

Owen County Judge-Executive Carolyn Keith opened the service followed by former Owen County Fire Chief Charlie Riddle.

Riddle said Sharon devoted his life to the fire department.

“He was a firefighter’s firefighter,” Riddle said.

Those who knew Sharon best said he was consumed with being a firefighter and went after training as much as possible.

Sharon’s casket, draped in an American flag, was carried to the Monterey Cemetery in the back of a Monterey Volunteer Fire Department truck with volunteer firefighters riding alongside the casket.

A community dinner was held at the fire department after the funeral service.

Monterey Volunteer Fire Department spokesperson Russ Allen said the funeral procession was about a half-mile long.

Fire trucks from Walton, Bowling Green, and Lexington were part of the funeral procession.

“I can’t say that it made it easier for us but it did make a world of difference,” Allen said. “To have that many firefighters present meant a lot. We are a brother of arms and we would do the same for them.”

Allen said the outpouring of support from the community was true charity.

“We want to thank everyone for their support,” Allen said. “We were in awe of the outpouring from members of the community.”

The pumper truck Sharon was driving on Sept. 13 left the road and traveled about 150 feet before colliding with an unoccupied fifth-wheel camper parked on the property neighboring the Monterey Volunteer Fire Department.

The Owen County EMS took Sharon to New Horizons Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Owen County Coroner Lannis Garnett said there were no significant injuries from the accident that would have caused his death and the suspected cause of death is cardiac related.