JACKSON COUNTY, OK (KSWO) - The Jackson County community is mourning the loss of a volunteer firefighter last week. Preparations are now underway for his funeral on Wednesday. Madison Lee Clinton Junior, known as Maddy, died while fighting a house fire north of Altus Friday night. The home collapsed and pinned him underneath. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Clinton was the assistant chief and a 33 year veteran of the Friendship Volunteer Fire Department. Fire fighting also runs in his family. His father was a firefighter and his brother is the Friendship VFD Chief.
Altus Fire Chief Kyle Davis, acting a spokesman for the family, says he worked with Clinton on many fires in the past.
"I know what dedication it is to give that ultimate sacrifice and to give your life," Davis said. "Not only your life, but your livelihood to the volunteer cause. And like I said, Maddy, he's done it for 33 years. He was one of the best at it. Highly trained."
The U.S. Fire Administration ordered all departments to fly their flags half staff on Monday in honor of Clinton.
His funeral will be at Wednesday afternoon at four at the Altus Fire Baptist Church. Following the funeral, the procession to the grave site will be accompanied by fire trucks lining the streets. The family asks instead of flowers, that donations be made to the Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children, the Friendship Fire Department or the Friendship Baptist Church.