FORT MITCHELL, Ky. (FOX19) - A longtime member and leader of the Fort Mitchell Fire Department has passed away.
Ron Becker, 81, died peacefully on Sunday, Oct. 4, according to the department.
Becker, who joined the South Fort Mitchell Fire Department in 1955, served the city for decades to come.
He went on to become the fifth fire chief in Fort Mitchell’s history before helping start the city’s volunteer life squad in 1979.
In 1988, Becker was named a Captain.
He officially retired in 2018, but Becker remained active until 2020.
“Ron Becker served the Fort Mitchell Fire Department for 65 years of dedicated community service and was a founding member of the Fort Mitchell Life Squad. Ron was also dedicated to preserving the history of our department to ensure current and future members would know the history of our organization and was always willing to share his knowledge with everyone,” Fire Chief Adam Fuller said.
Becker’s life of service went beyond Fort Mitchell though.
In 1971, he became the President of the Kenton and Boone Counties Firefighters Association.
Just a few years later, he joined the Airport Fire Department where he would serve until 1995.
Becker’s peers also voted him as a Lifetime Member of the Fort Mitchell Fire Department in 1981.
“He was a friend whom I have known for over 70 years. He was one of the longest-serving volunteers and was one of the founding members of the fire department,” former Mayor and City Administrator Bill Goetz said. “He loved his city and it showed by his commitment of over 60 years of active service.”
Visitation will take place on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020, from 4 p.m. till 7 p.m. at Middendorf Funeral Home in Fort Wright. Mass will be on Friday, Oct. 9, 2020, at 10 a.m. at Blessed Sacrament Church in Fort Mitchell followed by burial at Highland Cemetery in Fort Mitchell.