SAFFELL, Kenneth Lee, Fire Chief, 51, of St. Clairsville, OH, died December 2, 2013, at home.
He was born in Bellaire, OH, on September 17, 1962, son of the late Newell C. Saffell and Deloris Marie "Irene" Neitzelt Saffell.
Kenny was an avid hunter and was devoted to protecting and serving the community through his tireless service as a Paramedic and Firefighter.
He began as a member of the Glencoe V.F.D. in 1979 - 1991. Kenny was hired by the Cumberland Trail Fire District as a firefighter in August of 1990, was promoted to Lieutenant in October of 1993, he was appointed to Assistant Chief in May of 1995 where he served until his promotion to Fire Chief in January of 2012 to the present.
He was a graduate of Belmont Technical College Paramedic Program; he was a graduate of the Ohio Fire Executive Class II training from The Ohio State University; a member of Ohio Fire Chief's Association serving on the Education Committee and Water Delivery Tac Committee and the Ohio Fire Chief's Emergency Response Belmont County Coordinator; member of the International Association of Fire Chief's; member of National Fire Protection Association; member of Southeast Ohio Fire Chief's Association; a member of Belmont County Fire and Squad Officer's Association where he served as Tanker Task Force Coordinator and Belmont County STEMI Coordinator; and was a member of St. Clairsville Sunrise Rotary Club.
Kenny was preceded in death by his parents, Newell Saffell and Deloris Marie "Irene" Saffell Yoho; and uncles, Ronald and Edward Neitzelt.
He is survived by his wife, Kim Saffell; his two children, Jason (Beth) Saffell and Brittany Saffell both of St. Clairsville; two grandchildren, Savannah and Jason; two brothers, N. Edward (Roman) Saffell of Orlando, FL and James A. (Connie) Saffell of Glencoe; a nephew, Ryan; a niece, Tiffany; a special cousin, Darlene (Jack) Boston; uncle, Marvin Neitzelt; aunts, Lois Neitzelt and Julia Neitzelt; many cousins and friends.
Family and friends will be received at Toothman Funeral Home in St. Clairsville on Saturday from 4-8 p.m. and on Sunday from 1- 3 and 6-9 p.m. where services will be held Monday 1 p.m. with Rev. Dr. Bradley Call officiating. Burial will follow in Holly Memorial Gardens, Pleasant Grove.
Fire Department Service, Bell ceremony, and last alarm will begin at 6 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Cumberland Trail Fire District, P.O. Box 505, St. Clairsville, OH 43950.