Decatur Co. Firefighter Dies in Line of Duty

Meghan Pinkley

A West Tennessee town was devastated after their fire chief was killed in the line of duty, and 2 others injured.

Decaturville Volunteer Fire Chief Kenny Fox responded to a fire at a bar early Saturday morning. Although Fox was unable to make it out of the building before the roof collapsed, officials said he did manage to push 2 other firefighters out of the way, saving their lives.

"He was a big guy, big heart, kind, was involved in everything," said Marie Potts.

The 39-year-old responded to a fire at Oakhill Cafe Bar and Grill around 4:30 a.m. Saturday.

"The building engulfed in flames and trapped in the firemen. The roof collapsed, pinning Chief Fox in," said Sheriff Roy Wyatt.

"In a real sense, he gave his life to save those two other guys," said Don Franks.

Kenny's "A Team" as he called them at the Decaturville Fire Dept. said he was irreplaceable, and not only did he volunteer there, but his wife and two sons did as well.

"Yes, his son was there. He arrived up on the scene just a few moments after he was there, fighting the fire while his dad was trapped," added Sheriff Wyatt.

Fox's 19-year-old son did enter the building trying to find his dad according to witnesses. Officials said he did not leave until other firefighters made him get out.

The two firemen injured in the fire were brothers; Jeremy and Randy Inman. Both were transported to Vanderbilt Hospital for third degree burn treatment.

"He's been a pillar in our community for a long time, and we're sadly going to miss him," stated Franks.

If you would like to help the Fox family:
Kenny Fox Memorial Fund
Decatur Co. Bank
P.O. Box 429
Decaturville, TN 38329


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