SIDNEY — The city of Sidney is mourning the passing of Sidney Firefighter Lt. Anthony “Tony” McLain, who died Wednesday, Nov. 21.
McLain, 47, of Sidney, served as a member of the fire prevention office within the Sidney’s Department of Fire and Emergency Services.
Mayor Mike Barhorst issued the following statement upon learning of McLain’s death, “I was deeply saddened to learn of the death of Fire Lt. Anthony “Tony” McLain. I know that I speak for all of council in expressing gratitude for Tony’s outstanding service to our community during his 19-year career. Tony was a valued member of the Sidney Fire Department. Selected by his peers as Firefighter of the Year in 2008, Tony was promoted to lieutenant just two years ago. He excelled as an instructor, and has taught firefighting courses to firefighters and paramedics throughout the area. In addition, he was also a coach at Sidney High School, his alma mater.”
“I extend my sincerest condolences as well as those of my fellow council members, City Manager Mark Cundiff and the entire city staff to his family, as well as his brothers and sisters in the fire service,” Barhorst continued. “Please keep his loved ones in your thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.”
Flags were lowered to half-staff Wednesday and fellow members of the Sidney Fire Department lined up out front of Fire Station No. 1 to honor McLain before his body was taken to Montgomery County for an autopsy.
McLain died at Wilson Health Emergency Room Wednesday afternoon. Funeral arrangements are pending at Adams Funeral Home.
The story will be updated when more information is received.