At about 12:23 p.m. Tuesday, emergency radios across Owen County carried a solemn message.
“Rest in peace, brother,” a voice on the radio said. “You will be missed.”
Former Owenton/Owen County Fire Department chief, firefighter, and founding member of the department Walker T. Ellis passed away Thursday.
Ellis, 84, served Owen County as a firefighter, battling flames and looking after his men for 35 years.
Owenton Fire Chief David Lilly said Ellis was instrumental in getting the fire department to where it is now.