GREENFIELD, Ind. – A Greenfield firefighter who died in the line of duty last week was laid to rest.
Lt. Scott A. Compton, 55, died Saturday just hours after battling a large fire at Mueller Auto Body.
Compton went about his normal routine on Saturday morning, but a neighbor found him unresponsive later in the day. His death is considered a line of duty death because he died just hours after battling a fire.
The coroner is still waiting for blood work results to determine the cause of his death.
His funeral was at Brandywine Church at 11 a.m. A procession from the church to Park Cemetery in Greenfield followed the service.
Gov. Holcomb has directed everyone in Hancock County to fly their flags at half-staff until sunset today.
“He was kind, gentle, caring; he was as dependable as Greenfield could have for a paid or volunteer firefighter,” Sugar Creek Township public information officer Tony Bratcher said.
Compton became a firefighter at the age of 38. He was a volunteer and spent 17 years with the department. Greenfield Fire Territory public information officer Corey Breese described Compton as a man who wanted nothing more than to serve his community, noting the importance of celebrating his life, in the midst of mourning his death.
“It’s going to be a huge loss, and we’ll feel it as the months go on,” Breese said.
Dozens of fire departments from across Central Indiana took part in the ceremony and processional. Breese called the display of comradery proof of the bond and burden that all of those who wear the badge share.
“You hear when you first come on to the fire department that this is a family and a brother hood. Events like this show that it’s true,” he said.
As part of the ceremony, folded American flags were presented to Lt. Compton’s fiancé and each of his children.