SIDNEY — Sidney Firefighter Lt. Anthony “Tony” McLain’s life was honored before he was laid to rest Wednesday morning Nov. 28.
McLain, 47, died at Wilson Health Emergency Room Wednesday, Nov. 21, after he was reportedly found in his vehicle at his home in Sidney.
McLain served as a member of the fire prevention office during the last two of his 19-year career with the Sidney Department of Fire and Emergency Services.
Sidney Fire Chief Brad Jones explained the funeral procession would include the last fire prevention vehicle McLain drove; the last Sidney fire engine, Engine No. 2, McLain was assigned to; a Port Jefferson fire engine, as he was a volunteer firefighter with the Port Jefferson Fire Department prior to joining Sidney; and a fire vehicle from Sinclair Community College, because he was a fire instructor at Sinclair.
Jones said area fire departments from Piqua, Troy, Lockington, Port Jefferson, Russia, Anna, Van Buren and Botkins provided coverage on Tuesday and Wednesday so that all members of the Sidney Fire Department could attend McLain’s viewing and funeral services.
The procession drove by Sidney’s Fire Station No. 1 in front of other fellow saluting firefighters with all of their emergency vehicles parked out front.
In 2008, McLain he was selected by his fellow Sidney firefighters to be named Firefighter of the Year.
The cause of death has yet to be determined by the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.
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