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    Unhappy Pike County Kentucky Firefighter

    Elkhorn City fire chief killed in accident

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    ELKHORN CITY, Ky. - The fire chief of a small town in Pike County was killed during a training exercise to place snow chains on a fire truck.

    Todd Rowe, 30, chief of the Elkhorn City Fire Department, was pronounced dead Thursday at Pikeville Medical Center.

    Rowe was raising the truck with several 3-foot-square inflatable rubber cushions so chains could be put on the rear tires, Elkhorn firefighter Jack Stalker said.

    A wedge that prevents the tires from rolling came loose and caused the truck to roll forward. That caused the air bags to shift with the force of the truck and strike Rowe in the head.

    Rowe was knocked unconscious and died about 20 minutes later at Pikeville Methodist Hospital, said Stalker.

    "It's basically just a freak accident," said Elkhorn assistant fire chief John Moore.

    Elkhorn City firefighter George Anderson said Rowe was "just a great kid."

    Rowe became a firefighter at age 18, in 1992, and had been a junior firefighter since he was 14, said Anderson.

    Rowe was the public relations official for the Pike County Firefighters Association.

    "He was community-oriented," Pike County Coroner Russell Roberts said. "Anything that enhanced the community he lived in, he would lend a hand."

    Rowe's body was sent to the State Medical Examiner's Office in Frankfort for an autopsy, because the incident occurred on government property, Roberts said.

    He is survived by his mother and brother Robbie, who is flying home from his military station in South Korea to attend the funeral.

    Arrangements were pending at Bailey Funeral Home in Elkhorn City.

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    Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader, http://www.kentucky.com


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    Unhappy

    My throughts and prayers are with my Kentucky brothers at the Elkhorn City Fire Department.

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    My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

    Does anyone have inforamtion on the funeral arrangements?
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    I went to Eastern Kentucky University With Todd in the Early 90's. Many a college story I have with his name in it. Todd could have been a firefighter anywhere but he chose to go home. You will be missed.

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    Default Funeral Arrangements

    Originally posted by FF41230

    Does anyone have inforamtion on the funeral arrangements?

    FOR THOSE INTERESTED:


    Visitation at the Bailey Funeral Home in Elkhorn City, KY was last evening, and again tonight from 6 PM to 9:30 or 10 PM.

    "Fallen Fire Fighter Services" performed by the Pike County Fire Fighters Association will commence at 1:00 PM, Wednesday 12-29-2004, at the Elkhorn City Elementary School. The funeral procession and burial to follow immediately thereafter.

    Instead of flowers, the Rowe family is requesting that donations be made to the "Todd Rowe Foundation" at Community Trust Bank or the Elkhorn City Fire Department in memory of Chief Todd Rowe.


    F.D. ADDRESS:

    ELKHORN CITY FIRE DEPARTMENT
    395 PATTY LOVELESS DRIVE
    ELKHORN CITY, KENTUCKY 41522




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    Last edited by EEResQ; 12-28-2004 at 01:29 PM.

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    Post CHIEF JASON "TODD" ROWE, ELKHORN CITY, KY

    On a personal note, I have known Todd since he was a young Fire Sciences student at Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) in the mid-1990's. Each year he was actively involved with the only university based "Rescue School" in Kentucky: the annual EKU Rescue School.

    Remaining an active member of Elkhorn City's volunteer fire and EMS services during his college years, after graduation Todd returned to his small Eastern Kentucky hometown and eventually assumed the position of fire chief in 1998.

    Todd, like all involved in Eastern Kentucky emergency services will appreciate, wore more than one hat. It wasn't long before he was asked to be the EMS Director for the Elkhorn City Area Ambulance Service as well. Additionally, Todd served as a part-time Sheriff's Deputy, a Fire Service Instructor and as the "Public Relations Officer" for the Pike County Fire Fighter's Association.

    As choad33 posted earlier:
    "Todd could have been a firefighter anywhere; but he chose to go home."

    As is far to often the case in Eastern Kentucky, the job didn't pay much. Most of the Kentucky Mountain kids fresh out of college, with a degree and experience, go for the money in the "big city." But to Todd, it was more important that his small town of Elkhorn City, Kentucky (population 1,060) received the benefit of his education.

    With sorrow, I can accept that a duty oriented person like Jason "Todd" Rowe would meet his fate while serving his community. I just would have never guessed that it would have come at the age of 30.

    We'll say good-bye to Todd in person tomorrow.


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    Post FOLLOW-UP:

    WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2004

    Today, in the Elkhorn City Elementary School Gymnasium where he played basketball as a boy, about 600 mourners said good-bye to this local SON, BROTHER, EAGLE SCOUT, COLLEGE GRADUATE, FIRE FIGHTER, EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN, DEPUTY SHERIFF, INSTRUCTOR and FRIEND, who preferred to be addressed as just "Todd." The gathering included family, friends and emergency responders from across Kentucky and adjoining states. Along the funeral procession route, just about everyone else in this small town paid their last respects to the local boy who went off to college, but came back to serve where he knew he was needed most.

    At the small mountainside Wilson Cemetery in Draffin, Kentucky, the narrow two lane US HWY 460 was shut down for over a mile to accommodate the more than 50 emergency vehicles and another 50 POV's that accompanied Todd on his last run. His flag draped "Firefighter's" casket was carried atop the new Elkhorn City VFD pumper that Todd had arranged through a series of successful grant applications in 2003-2004.

    About 300 people climbed the steep hill to stand graveside in support of Todd's grieving family. They listened as the bagpiper played Amazing Grace and trumpets sounded an echoing Taps. After the Preacher read "The Fireman's Prayer" Todd's only brother, Captain Robbie Rowe, US Army Airborne, said a touching final good-bye complete with military salute.

    Finally, the fire and ambulance tones were activated by the Pike County 911 Dispatch. Across hundreds of emergency pagers and radios throughout the Eastern Kentucky Mountains
    "Unit 725 -- Chief Todd Rowe" received his final dispatch.

    Good-bye Todd.


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    Last edited by EEResQ; 12-30-2004 at 02:02 PM.

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    Hey EKU Boys,

    Do you all have a Pic of Todd. I can't remember him at all. I started at EKU in 1997. I know the name but can't face th pic. There are several of the guys I started with that have called me wanting to know.

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    Default ELKHORN CITY VOL. FIRE DEPT. & EMS "INFO"

    If anyone has the time, our brothers and sisters in Elkhorn City are hurting, and could use our support. To my knowledge, sadly, only Todd was a Firehouse.com subscriber. Chances are that they may not be aware of this forum. So, I'll include their address below.

    Additionally, Todd was the Elkhorn City Area Ambulance Service, EMS Director. These are two separate operations. As such, I'll include their address as well.

    F.D. ADDRESS:

    ELKHORN CITY FIRE DEPARTMENT
    395 PATTY LOVELESS DRIVE
    ELKHORN CITY, KENTUCKY 41522


    EMS ADDRESS:

    ELKHORN CITY AREA AMBULANCE SERVICE
    223 W. RUSSELL STREET
    ELKHORN CITY, KENTUCKY 41522

    Thank you all.

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    PS,
    Still trying to locate Todd's recent picture online.

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