ESTILL SPRINGS, Tenn. - The community of Estill Springs is remembering their fire chief as a kind and dedicated man after he died on Christmas morning in a freak accident.
"He had Christmas here with us that morning and then he went to Jesus," said the chief's wife Ivy Lowhorn.
Anthony Lowhorn first put on an Estill Springs uniform back in 1980; eventually in 1990 he became chief of the volunteer fire department. Most people around town will say that he never missed an opportunity to help out.
"It gets in their blood I think, fireman," Ivy added.
Chief Lowhorn was at the top of an 8-foot ladder on Christmas morning installing a flood light on his son's house, and at some point he slipped and fell. When first responders arrived, the Chief was already gone.
"I don't know if you can ever fill his shoes. I'm not gonna say never but it's gonna be some huge shoes to fill," said Franklin County Sheriff Tom Fuller.
The 57-year-old will be buried on Sunday at 2 p.m. in Tullahoma at the Kilgore Funeral Home.