McMahan Fire Chief sees father's Crusade dedication for the first time

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by Andy Treinen

WHAS11.com

Posted on November 18, 2013 at 6:05 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 18 at 6:21 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – June 2nd was a banner day for the McMahan Fire Department.

$191,000 was raised for the WHAS Crusade for Children and longtime supporter Jim Walsh was a large part of that success.

“He passed away unexpectedly two days after Crusade Sunday – it was June 4th, a heart attack,” Patrick Walsh said.

Walsh’s son Patrick is McMahan’s chief. He asked that donations be made to the Crusade.

It was something they have always supported together since watching old overnight Crusade re-runs from the 1950s and ‘60s when Patrick was just a boy.

“I think it’s just that tradition that carries through. When I was young, I had no idea I’d be part of the fire department or the crusade so it’s really neat.

With some of the money raised, a brick was dedicated in memory of Jim Walsh.

Patrick recently visited WHAS11 to see it for the first time.

“That’s awesome, that’s great,” he said. “It’s quite an honor and I’m sure he would be proud.”

Walsh was in the Air Force as a young man and was dedicated to service his entire life.

His last service project was counting money for McMahan all weekend during the Crusade.

“He’s probably think that he wouldn’t be worthy to be here with all these other folks but he was a longtime supported,” Patrick said.

Walsh’s brick sits right outside the door that Patrick walks through every time he visits the WHAS Crusade.

Patrick says it’s the perfect location and he can’t wait to show his mom.

“I told her while I was down here, I’d take a picture and meet her down here for lunch one day and bring her over and show it to her,” he said.

They can spend the lunch hour talking about good ole’ dad.

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