BENTON COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - Firefighters, EMT's, police officers and others gathered on March 13 at the Benton Central Jr. Sr. High School to celebrate the life of Boswell Marshall Kevin McCombs. He was killed in a single car accident on Februay 28.
Speakers included Deputy Chief of the Wabash Fire Department Kevin Keckler, Benton County EMT Valerie Murphy, and others. Together they shared their fond memories of McCombs.
Boswell Fire Chief Kyle Brost was happy to see the community support.
"Just knowing that he was loved by a lot of people," Brost said.
"He knew a lot of people, a lot of people knew him. It's just great that this community came together to celebrate something."
The evening was filled with both laughs and cheers. Memories were shared of McCombs tireless efforts to better the community, his love for aviation and being a DJ, and most of all, his sense of humor.
"Funny joking around, he used to always stop by my house anytime I was cooking on the grill, we'd joke around about that a lot," Brost said.
As the MC for the event, Keckler had this to say thinking of McCombs.
"Regardless of how well this goes, I'm guessing McCombs would be looking down on me today holding a clipboard and wearing a safety vest, writing down all the things I could have done better," Keckler said.
Throughout the presentation, the family of McCombs was plaques and awards from the many departments McCombs worked for.
To commemorate his always-on-duty work effort, the celebration was finished with a "three threes" ringing of a fire bell, which traditionally signaled the end of a shift.
McCombs was 34 years old.