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'He was such a character': Louisville community honors fallen firefighter

Louisville Fire Department Firefighter Sean McAdam joined the department March 2002 said LFD Major Bobby Cooper.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A Louisville Fire Department (LFD) firefighter has died from a medical emergency while on duty according to an LFD major.

LFD Major Bobby Cooper said Firefighter Sean McAdam suffered a medical emergency Monday and died Wednesday. He did not say how he died.

Cooper said the Processional from UofL Hospital to the Owen Funeral Home off Taylorsville Road will take place Saturday at 9:30 a.m. The procession will take Hancock, to Broadway, to Barrett, to Winter, to Bardstown Road to Taylorsville Road.

Cooper said McAdam joined the department March 2002 and spent his career in different specialty rescue companies. He started in downtown Louisville and had recently transferred into the Highlands.

McAdam received awards for his courage and bravery including the Division’s Medal of Valor and three Unit Citations he said.

LFD held a ceremony Friday honoring McAdam. President of the Louisville Professional Firefighters Brian O'Neill said McAdam was a light in the department.

"He was such a character, always there with a laugh and a smile, always positive even on the bad days when people were grumbling. That just wasn't Sean. He was always going to make a joke and laugh about it and keep working," said O'Neill.

In a statement, Mayor Greg Fischer said:

Sean McAdam was a dedicated public servant who served his community for more than 20 years with the Louisville Division of Fire. He bravely stood with the men and women of the LFD and touched the lives of countless Louisvillians. And as a registered organ donor, Sean’s impact will continue to be felt for years to come. Our city sends its deepest condolences to the McAdam family, and his many friends and colleagues.

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