It’s with deep regret that we pass on to you that Montgomery County Fire/EMS (Kentucky) has once again suffered another LODD a few days ago. Firefighter / Paramedic James “Dewon” Wells suffered a medical emergency leading to his death. He apparently became ill at work (numbness in his mouth and headache) and went home for the night.
READ THIS: Saturday he returned to the firehouse still feeling ill. They ran a 12 lead which was normal, but convinced him to go to the ER where his wife Lori was working as a P.A. She examined him and attempted to let him have blood work done. He refused and returned home to rest. His wife left work at 1600 hours and she found him unresponsive on their couch. She began CPR and Fire/EMS responded with ALS procedures and transported him to St. Joseph Mt. Sterling ER where resuscitation efforts failed.
LESSON FOR US ALL: When ill, sick or down-LISTEN to those who know and always err on the side of caution.
Sadly, for Montgomery County Firefighters, this is the third Line of Duty related death in the department in just five years. Captain Zach Clevenger passed away in 2015 following complications from fighting a fire in Estill county. Battalion Chief Tony Clayton died in 2013 after a long battle with firefighter occupational caner related leukemia.
Visitation for Wells is from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. Wednesday, May 10 at First Baptist Church in Mt. Sterling.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 11 at First Baptist Church. Interment will follow at Machpelah Cemetery with full firefighter honors.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Pinky’s Promise, 3991 Owingsville Road, Mt. Sterling, KY 40353 or Love of Paws, 1122 Bunker Hill Road, Mt. Sterling, KY 40353.
Our condolences to all those affected. Rest In Peace.