Roy Wyatt, Sheriff of Decatur County, Tennessee announced the death of Sergeant Kenny Fox, age 39, Saturday morning, shortly after 5:00 am. Fox also served as the Chief of the Decaturville Volunteer Fire Department
Sgt. Fox was fighting a fire at the Oak Hill Bar and Grill on US 412, near Decaturville. Sgt./Chief Fox and two other firefighters were on the roof when it began to weaken due to burning support beams. Sgt./Chief Fox pushed his two fellow firefighters to safety moments before the roof gave way, sending him into the middle of the inferno.
Sgt./Chief Fox’s wife and sons are all volunteers with the Decaturville Volunteer Fire Department. Fox’s eldest son, age 19, was on the scene working the fire when the roof collapsed, trapping his father inside. The younger Fox entered the burning building in an attempt to rescue his father. He had to be pulled out of the building by other firefighters. He remained on scene until his father’s body was recovered.
Volunteer Firefighters Jeremy and Randy Inman, saved by Fox on the roof, were both taken to Decatur County General Hospital for treatment. Both were later transferred to Vanderbilt Medical Center with third degree burns.
Sergeant Kenny Fox of the Decatur County Sheriff’s Department and Chief of the Decaturville Volunteer Fire Department, gone but never forgotten.
EOW: April 7, 2012
The family asks, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to:
Kenny Fox Memorial Fund
c/o the Decatur County Bank
P.O. Box 429
Decaturville, TN 38329
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