Mourning a Hero

Kelly Crush retired from the WFFD just over 3 and a half years ago after he was diagnosed with ALS. Shortly after 6pm Sunday evening, Crush's fight with the disease came to an end.

Kelly joined the fire department in the late 80's.

He was physically fit and and avid runner before he was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.

After the diagnosis, Kelly took on a new challenge and traveled the county as a national spokesperson for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

In a recent interview with KFDX, Kelly talked about the brotherhood he had with his fellow fire fighters, and the hope he was able to find with their support.

"There's been a positive that's come out of this illness," Crush explained, "and that's been I've been able to be kind of a mouth piece for MDA and fire fighters all over the county to let them know nobody is immune to this stuff, and we need to find a cure for these diseases."

Long-time friend and fellow fire fighter Tony Miser said, "Kelly was a kind-hearted, caring individual Who would do anything for anyone. His sense of humor and 'never quit' attitude was an inspiration to us all."

Funeral arrangements for are pending with Owens and Brumley Funeral Homes.

Kelly Crush was 51.

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