Community mourns firefighter

The funeral procession for Fran Moore Woods exited Jones-Preston Funeral Home in Paintsville and continued out of town, under this flag. Woods’ coworkers remember her as always willing to help others.

Johnson County is mourning a firefighter this week.

Fran Moore Woods, 44, of Hagerhill, passed away at Pikeville Medical Center last Wednesday. She was a firefighter and paramedic with the Paintsville Fire Department for the last decade, Paintsville Fire Chief Rick Ratliff said, and she had been a member of the West Van Lear Volunteer Fire Department since she was 18. She was trained in several certifications for severe situation readiness, including critical care and tactical emergency care.

Ratliff said Woods exemplified that certain quality about first responders: A willingness to help others, even if it means putting one’s life in danger.

“She’s really going to be missed. By us, by West Van Lear, by everyone she knew,” Ratliff said.

Mayor Bill Mike Runyon echoed those sentiments.

“There are no words to explain what kind of asset she was,” Runyon said.

The funeral for Fran Moore Woods was held Friday at Jones-Preston Funeral Home in Paintsville, before a procession along Ky. 321 and Ky. 1428. Other local fire departments, police and emergency management officials attended the funeral.

Woods is survived by her husband, son and brother, according to her obituary.

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