November 14, 2017

Kendall Murphy - Firefighter Fatality - Indiana

Kendall Murphy
Firefighter Kendall James Murphy, age 27, died in the line of duty on November 10, 2017, on a roadway in Daviess County, Indiana.

Firefighter Murphy was a member of the Montgomery Volunteer Fire Department. He had two years of service. 

Montgomery is 110 miles southwest of Indianapolis, Indiana.

Just before 10:00 p.m., the Daviess County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of a roadway accident. Kendall and two other firefighters from the Montgomery and Cannelburg Fire Departments also responded to the accident. 

A fourth firefighter, Colby Blake, age 26, also responded to the scene. He struck several vehicles at the scene and also struck down Kendall. 

Tragically, Kendall, succumbed to his injuries at the scene of the accident. 

Colby Blake was arrested and charged with impaired driving causing death. The accident is under investigation. 

Florian, Patron Saint of
Firefighters, pray for
Kendall and for those
who have lost him. 
Colby Blake is innocent unless proven guilty.

However, we offer this advice to all drivers under all circumstances: If you find that you are drunk, wasted or doped up on street drugs or prescription drugs or if you are falling asleep on your feet, do NOT drive. Call a family member or a friend for a ride; or take a taxi or a bus; or stay where you are until you sober up; or crawl home on your hands and knees. It will be better for you and for the world if you do.

Regret can last a lifetime.

Kendall was a 2009 graduate of Barr-Reeve High School and a 2013 graduate of the University of Southern Indiana with a bachelor's degree in Sports Management. He was employed as an insurance agent and also worked part time at a local golf course. He coached basketball at Barr-Reeve High School. He was an active member at Providence Mennonite Church. He loved the Kansas Jayhawks, Cincinnati Reds, Notre Dame and golf.

The members of the Montgomery Volunteer Fire Department are in mourning over the death of their young brother. Kendall was helpful to others and was kind in spirit. He was one of the good guys. He will be forever remembered.

Kendall's loved ones are devastated over his sudden and tragic death. He was loving and he was loved in return. He did his best. He will be forever mourned.

Kendall is survived by many loving comrades, friends and family members including his parents, Katrina and Dwayne; his sister, Kelsie; and his fianceĆ©, Jessica.

Thank you for your service to the community, Kendall.

Pray for all who die in the line of duty.

Pray for all who die suddenly. They are with us one moment and are gone before we can say goodbye.

Pray that Kendall is in Heaven. Pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

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