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Remembering Joe Patterson

We’re sorry to report that Joe Patterson, an AFSCME Council 8 Local 1091 member, lost his life Sunday while working at the Rainsboro Fire Station in Highland County after sustaining injuries while working with compressed air cylinders.

Patterson will be remembered for many things, but his fellow firefighters and EMTs remember him as a mentor who would put it upon himself to help newcomers and a man who could lift everyone’s spirits even under tough circumstances.

“He was the one that took the harshness off a bad situation,” said Chillicothe Assistant Fire Chief Steve Gallagher. “He was just a great guy. It’s going to be a huge loss. We’re going to miss him.”

Monday afternoon Patterson’s body was brought to Ware Funeral Home where an outpouring of support came from everywhere. Several people exited their vehicles and stood in respect as Patterson passed and a women, whose son serves as a volunteer firefighter in Green Township, released red balloons while holding her hand over her heart.

Paint Creek Fire District posted a Facebook status on Sunday afternoon saying: “It is with deepest sympathies that we have been informed that our brother has been called home and answered his final alarm and did not survive the injuries inflicted by the accident.”

Joe Patterson represents all the members in our union. He was courageous, compassionate, and spent his life helping his community and the people around him. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Joe’s family and his fellow union brothers and sisters during this difficult time.

AFSCME members like Joe spend every day working to keep our communities safe.

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