Friendship Volunteer Assistant Fire Chief, Madison Clinton Jr. is now laid to rest.
Flags in Oklahoma are at half-staff after firefighters paid tribute and said goodbye to the fallen comrade Wednesday.
Madison Clinton Jr., or Maddy as family and friends called him, served as a Volunteer Fireman for more than 30 years. Clinton died Friday battling a house fire north of Altus.
Investigators say the structure collapsed on top of him and pinned him under the roof. Altus firefighter Philip Shaver says it’s always tough to lose a fellow firefighter.
“It’s very sad. It’s something the community mourns over for a long time and it’s really great. And just happy to see the whole community really comes together as a family for a situation like this,” said Shaver.
Altus Fire Chief Kyle Davis says Clinton was more than a great volunteer firefighter, he was also a great person.
“He was well liked but everybody. He was an avid fisherman. Great father. Great husband. Dedicated. He had over 33 years of volunteer fire service. Really dedicated to the cause,” said Chief Davis.
Serving as a volunteer firefighter was a family tradition for the Clintons.
“His brother is the Fire Chief of Friendship. He was Assistant Chief of Friendship. His dad was Madison Sr. Was highway patrol and also chief for many many years so it’s really ingrained into their family the fire service and dedication to the community in whole,” said Chief Davis.
Like his brother, their father before them, and volunteer firefighters everywhere, Madison Clinton answered the call for help every time, knowing he might face injury or worse each time.
“As far as maybe hurting yourself. Smashed finger to the ultimate sacrifice of losing your life. You know we have a lot of firefighters here just lucky every day to go out and not get hurt,” said Shaver.
Despite the loss, Shaver says it’s gratifying to see the support and sympathy that came from the community after this tragedy.
“From all of the love and support that we’ve had from the whole community I think they love and appreciate everything we do every day,” said Shaver.
Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin ordered all U.S. and state flags on state property to fly at half-staff today to honor Clinton.
If you’d like to donate in Clinton’s honor, the family asked that you make them to the Friendship Volunteer Fire Department, Friendship First Baptist Church, or Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children.