A Firefighter Saving Lives even in Death

July 8, 2021

The loss of a young person in a senseless accident is always hard on family and friends.  The loss of a firefighter is hard on family, friends and the community.

A tragic loss is still being felt in the Clinton community.

Nathanial “Hunter” Sipes passed away on Sunday, June 27th from injuries sustained when he was hit by a drunk driver while riding his motorcycle.

A firefighter for about six months with the City of Clinton Fire Department, Hunter lived to save lives and even in his untimely passing he continued to do so. As an organ donor Hunter gave the gift of life to seven individuals.

Members of the Clinton Fire Department honored him in several ways.

On Wednesday, June 30th members of the department gathered at the hospital to participate in the Walk of Honor.  Together with Hunters’ family, nurses and doctors they lined the halls of the hospital as Hunter was taken to the operating room for the organ donation process.

“It was an honor to be there and show our love and support,” said Clinton Fire Chief Phillip Russell.  “Hunter loved being a fireman and helping people, and he is doing that even in his death.”

On Tuesday, July 6th the young fireman was laid to rest and his fire family was there to honor him.  The old classic fire truck was polished and rolled out to escort Sipes to his final resting place. Members of the Clinton Fire Department also attended to show their respect and love for one of their own.

Rest in peace, Hunter Sipes.  Your family and community will miss you.