Local hero gets proper burial

ST. BERNARD, Ohio - The remains of Willie Snow, 80, of Bond Hill sat unclaimed at the Hamilton County Coroner's Office for roughly two months.

Snow, by all accounts, saved dozens of lives at the Beverly Hills Supper Club fire on May 28, 1977.

"He was going in without a mask into the Cabaret Room pulling out people that were stacked up.  Anybody he could get to," said Tom McConaughy who worked with Snow years later.

"He was carrying them out one and two at a time through the back exit doors.  He did a great job.  He probably brought out 80 to 100 people that night.  Alive or dead," said David Brock.

"He hired me when I was 13," said Brock who made 94 cents per hour washing dishes.

When Brock learned that Snow's children didn't have the money to bury their father, he reached out to the community the community reached back.

The Imwalle Memorial in St. Bernard held a visitation Monday night and Vine Street Hill Cemetery donated a plot.

Snow will be laid to rest Tuesday at 11 a.m.

The 13-year-old Brock could never have known that he would facilitate part of his old boss' funeral arrangements.

"It's the right thing to do. He would have done it for myself or anyone else that's the kind of guy he was. He had a good heart and good character and he deserved to have a proper burial," Brock said.

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