Local volunteer fire department founding member passes away at 93

ROME TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A founding member of a local volunteer fire department has died.

James "Jim" McCloud passed away Wednesday at the age of 93.

During his tenure at the department he served in many capacities including deputy chief, captain, vice president, and treasurer. Before serving the citizens of Rome Township, Jim served his nation in the United States Army including service during World War II and was a Purple Heart recipient. 

Jim also served as treasurer of the Lawrence County Firefighter's Association since its inception in 1972. 

“Jim played a vital role in the success of our organization.” said George Barnett, Chief of the Rome Volunteer Fire Department. “His dedication to our community, members, and fund-raising efforts were unmatched over the years and he remained actively involved in our operations even throughout his final days.”

 Firefighter James McCloud will be laid to rest with full honors and with deep admiration by the Rome Volunteer Fire Department. 

A rosary will be held at Hall's Funeral Home in Proctorville, OH on Sunday, March 26th at 3:00PM followed by visitation from 4:00PM – 8:00PM. 

Funeral services will be conducted at St. Ann Catholic Church in Chesapeake, OH on Monday, March 27th at 11:00AM. 

Burial will take place Tuesday, March 28th at the Grafton National Cemetery in Grafton, West Virginia. 

Neighboring fire departments interested in providing apparatus or honor guard assistance for visitation and funeral services should contact Chief Barnett at (740)861-8520.

Sourced from WSAZ.COM and WSAZ MOBILE.

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