Chief Thompson bHENDERSON, Ky. (9/21/19) — Ten volunteer fire departments from around Henderson County led a Friday afternoon funeral procession to the final resting place of a longtime community volunteer and fire chief.

Hubert Hilary Thompson, 86, died Tuesday at his home in Niagara. He retired after serving more than 38 years as a volunteer and previous chief of Niagara Volunteer Fire Department and worked at Niagara Elementary School.

Fire trucks and rescue squads were lined up along Center Street in Henderson. Firefighters at Henderson Fire Department stood outside of Station 1 to pay respects as the procession passed by. Henderson EMS ambulance workers also took the time to remember the community volunteer.

An American flag was raised over Main Street by ladder trucks from Robards Volunteer Fire Department and HFD. As the group of first responders arrived at St. Louis Cemetery, “Amazing Grace” resonated from a bagpipe as those who knew him stood somberly.

One of the founders of Niagara Volunteer Fire Department, Thompson served 32 years as chief and was on the board of directors.

“This man made such an impact on so many lives — even after several years of retirement from the school system and the fire service — all those relationships are still there,” NVFD Chief Glenn Powell said.

A community hero is never forgotten. Chief Thompson will be greatly missed.

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Nick Risley
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