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Falls City honors fire chief

Falls City, NE remembers longtime fire chief Kenny Simpson

Posted: Sep. 8, 2018 8:06 PM

(FALLS CITY, NE) It's not everyday one hears Take Me Out To The Ballgame at a funeral, then again, Falls City, Nebraska isn’t holding this funeral for just any person. Its for a man who meant so much to the small town, and now they’re coming together to celebrate the life of Kenny Simpson.

"He’s a very good man, and he’s just a good person." Gale Andrews, a longtime friend of Simpson said.

"He just was always giving, he gave more than he took from people I’ll guarantee ya." Ted Godemann, who delivered Simpson's eulogy, said.

Simpson’s spirit of giving friend say, comes from a lifetime of service. He served in the Air Force, where he was stationed in England, before coming to Falls City. Upon arrival, he made fast friends.

"Kenny was your friend from the jump." Tom Hinrichs, another longtime friend of Simpson said.

Hinrichs met Simpson over 30 years ago, when Simpson came back to Falls City from his time serving in the Air Force.  Hinrichs said  Simpson was never afraid to go the extra mile.

"When we came to Falls City 30 some years ago, Kenny really reached out to us as a friend and made us feel welcome." Hinrichs said. 

It was a friendship that proved lifelong for Hinrichs, so in 2006, when Simpson needed a new kidney, Hinrichs stepped up to serve his friend.

"When Kenny’s kidneys failed, I donated a kidney to him." Hinrichs said, adding through tears that the choice to donate was more benificial to him than Simpson. 

In the wake of Simpson's passing, all of his friends will remember more than just how he served the community.

"Kenny put a lot of time in with the fire department. He did it on duty and off duty." Godemann said. 

They say they’ll remember the family man, the man of faith, and avid sports fan, for the person he was. 

"Kenny’s left his legacy, and he won’t be forgotten." Godemann said.

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