Marshall Celebrates Local Fireman's Life
MARSHALL – Hundreds turned out on the streets of Marshall Thursday to celebrate the service of firefighter Randall Scott Davenport. Davenport died early Sunday morning from an unknown cause. A fellow fireman found his body at the fire station around 6:00 a.m. He had been fighting two large structure fires the day before his death. He was 37.
Local authorities have ruled out foul play in Davenport's death. Firefighters said Davenport was fit and seemed to be in good health. They said it could be weeks before the cause of death is determined. He is the only firefighter to die in the line of duty at the Marshall Fire Department in its 126 years of existence.
Seven area fire departments have taken turns monitoring the Marshall area for fire protection while fellow firefighters mourned and prepared for ceremonies. Those fire departments are Chillicothe, Higginsville, Buckner, Sni Valley, Columbia, Sedalia, Warrensburg, and Carrollton Fire Department.
About 1400 people were at the visitation Wednesday and more than 1000 at the funeral Thursday.
Marshall firefighters said being part of the fire department is like being part of a family, and they feel like they lost a brother.
Fireman Tony Day reflects on his lost friend.
"He was a friend to everybody here. He was a strong man, a happy man. He would help anybody that would ask of him. He was quick to smile, quick to anger, but generally an all around good firefighter," Day said.