ALTUS, OK (KSWO) - Friends, family and a community mourned together Wednesday afternoon as a fallen firefighter was laid to rest. Madison "Maddy" Lee Clinton Junior lost his life Friday while battling a house fire outside Altus. The home collapsed, leaving him pinned under the burning wreckage.
On Wednesday friends and family said their final goodbyes to Clinton. He was a 33-year veteran of the Friendship Volunteer Fire Department and was serving as assistant chief when he died.
The funeral was held at Altus First Baptist Church, where firefighters from across the state came out to show support for the family and department during this time. Dave Ramsey with the Lexington Volunteer Fire Department and Nick Swainston with the Tulsa Fire Department are just two of the many firefighters who went to the funeral.
"It's not like we knew him personally, but we would want the same for ours, the same respect shown," Ramsey said.
"Words don't express it enough so like physically being here and physically being here if they need us at all. We are here for that," Swainston said.
Firefighters lined the street outside the church to show their support and led the procession to the gravesite where Clinton was laid to rest. Those in attendance said they were honored to be there.
"It's just something that we do and I know that they would come over to us in a heartbeat if we were to lose somebody in the line of duty so it's the same brotherhood only the patch has changed," Swainston said.
"We were able to bring three of our own to honor this firefighter for which we're very, very proud of but I wish we didn't have to," Ramsey said.
Clinton worked for PSO. Company workers took part in the funeral procession and hung a flag near the graveside.
Governor Mary Fallin ordered flags to be flown at half-staff today to honor Clinton. He leaves behind a wife and two daughters.