Crisp Co. honors memory of Fire Chief Jonathan Windham

Crisp County is currently mourning after losing one of their leaders, Fire Chief Jonathan Windham earlier this week.Photo: Kailey McCarthy

Crisp County is mourning after losing one of their leaders, Fire Chief Jonathan Windham, earlier this week.

Earlier this year, FOX 31 interviewed Chief Windham and shared his incredible story of how he survived a pulmonary embolism in 2009.

Windham had been fighting sickness for the past several weeks and was awaiting a heart transplant.

FOX 31 talked to people in the community who say Windham will be remembered for his positive attitude and love for the area.

Crisp County Sheriff Billy Hancock has worked alongside Fire Chief Jonathan Windham for more than 20 years and says it was normal for him to see the Chief every single day.

"Jonathan and I had been on fires together, we'd been on automobile accidents together, we've pulled mangled bodies out of cars together, we've been in houses together," said Hancock.

The two worked so closely together that they became good friends through the years. So close that one day, Windham came to Hancock's aid when a snake slithered into the Sheriff's pick-up truck.

"I parked and I got out and as I walked by, the snake stuck his head out of the grill and I thought man, I don't do snakes, and I called Jonathan," said Hancock.

Hancock says the Chief always went above and beyond for the people he loved, even taking money from his own paycheck to give to the members of the fire department.

"Jonathan, when he made Chief, was able to get them up some money for raises and there was a little bit of controversy over that, he was quick to say well take my raise and give it to him," said Hancock.

Leading up to the weeks before Windham became sick, Hancock says he never missed a day of work.

"He climbed on that truck, he climbed in that car, and he went to every fire or every call out up until the day they put him in the hospital," said Hancock.

Hancock says Windham will always be remembered for his dedication, pride and love for the people who call Crisp County home.

"It didn't matter if it was 11 o'clock at night or 3 o'clock in the morning, when that tone went off, you heard 700, I'm in route and so he was always there," said Hancock.

Chief Windham's funeral is set for 4 p.m. on Saturday at Cordele First Union Methodist Church.

The family will receive friends prior to the service at 1 p.m.

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