Late fire chief honored

A town is left mourning the loss of a beloved fire chief.

On Thursday, Bailey Switch Fire Chief Wendell “Willie” Smith was found deceased at his home from what authorities believe are natural causes.

News of Smith’s passing spread quickly after it was mentioned at Thursday’s City Council meeting he had passed away. Soon after, his Facebook timeline was flooded with comments of thoughts and prayers for Smith’s loved ones and fellow firefighters he left behind.

“Wendell served as Chief with integrity, honor and distinction and will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him,” said Bailey Switch Volunteer Fire Department President Adam Townsley.

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