COVINGTON, Ky. — The community will honor a retired Covington firefighter who died Friday after a battle with melanoma.
Lt. Dale Allen Brown served the city of Covington for 25 years, and his melanoma diagnosis was related to his service, according to a news release from the city.
Covington officials and residents will honor Brown with a modified line-of-duty death “due to the nature of his illness,” the release said.
City Manager David Johnston will speak on behalf of the city at Brown’s funeral service Thursday.
Fire Chief Mark Pierce said Brown found joy in helping people during his 25-year career.
"Anything you asked him to do, even if it wasn't pleasant, Dale found the good in it," Pierce said. "He found little blessings in helping people."
Serving in the community of Covington seemed to be in Brown’s blood. He’s one of six family members to serve in public safety: his late father retired as fire chief in 1991, his brother a retired lieutenant, another brother a retired engineer, his sister was an emergency dispatcher and his brother-in-law also served as fire chief from 2011-2012.
A visitation will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Latonia followed by a funeral service at 1 p.m. at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens.
Memorial contributions can be made to the following organizations:
- Covington Firefighters Auxiliary: P.O. Box 122426, Covington, KY 41011
- Firefighters Extinguishing Cancer: P.O. Box 332, Burlington, KY 41005.