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Community mourns retired firefighter

Posted at 3:20 PM, Jan 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-14 17:51:28-05

GEORGETOWN, Ky. (LEX 18) — Johnnie Jacobs retired from the Georgetown Fire Department after 24 years, when he was diagnosed with a degenerative lung condition he picked up while on the job.

Last year, Jacobs received a double lung transplant but after a battle with an illness, Jacobs died over the weekend. A funeral for Jacobs was held Tuesday morning, at Southland Christian Church in Georgetown.

"This wasn't just about the Georgetown Fire Department, this wasn't about anybody in the fire department. This was about Johnnie Jacobs his wife Katie and the kids. We wanted to do something to honor him but also whatever his wife was requesting. That's what our mission was and I think we did it well," Chaplain for the Georgetown Fire Department, Tim Thompson said.

The Georgetown Fire Department says the day was about honoring Johnnie and everyone he loved.

"He cared deeply about his family, he cared deeply about his brothers and sisters that he worked with. He was a true public servant, he gave everything he had for everybody else. He was very, very, unselfish," Thompson added.