Friends, family remember the life of longtime Crusade volunteer Tony Scott


by Claudia Coffey

Posted on February 7, 2013 at 7:16 PM

Updated Thursday, Feb 7 at 7:21 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- For more than 30 years Tony Scott gave his heart and soul to the WHAS Crusade for Children. The volunteer firefighter from Elizabethtown passed away on Tuesday.

WHAS11's Claudia Coffey met with Scott's family and friends in Elizabethtown Thursday to celebrate a man who made it his mission to put others first.

His smile and laugh could light up a room. For 67 years, Tony Scott gave everyone in his path pure joy, but Elizabethtown is now grieving.

His son Joey Scott, the Chief of the Valley Creek Fire department says it was his dad who inspired him to be a firefighter.

"That's all I ever wanted to do my entire life and I spent my whole life trying to impress my father. What I didn't realize is that his whole life my father was trying to impress us," Chief Joey Scott said.

Tony Scott passed away Tuesday in Louisville. He was born with Cerebral Palsy and he was not expected to live past the age 16. Like that prognosis, Scott always defeated the odds and instead focused on ways to help others.

"He was just a genuine person. If people was in need in this community, he found out about it in some way and he would be right there to help them," Mayor Tim Walker of Elizabethtown said.

He never let his condition interfere with his more than 50 years as a volunteer firefighter and his mission to help with the WHAS Crusade for Children.

So many family and friends say Tony got them involved in the Crusade for Children. Tony started volunteering with the organization when he was only 18-years-old.

The pictures say it all, from collecting money in Hardin County for the Crusade, to sharing a laugh with Bobby Jack Murphy, the Crusade will always be a part of his legacy

"Ever since that day dad got us involved, we went door to door collecting and roadblocks. It's a tradition in our family when Crusade comes around, it's a very special time of the year for dad," Joey Scott said.

His family took an amazing and telling picture the day he died. It shows the sun setting, the clouds making the sign of the cross and a path leading to it.

"There is a bible verse in James that describes him more than anybody. A forest fire is started with a small flame. That's Tony, he was the small flame and looked at the forest fire he's done," Elizabethtown Fire Chief Michael Hulsey said.

Visitation will be held Thursday and Friday night at Brown Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers the family would like donation to be made in Tony Scott's name at the Cecilian Bank in Elizabethtown for the Crusade.