FRANKFORT – Gov. Steve Beshear has directed that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Thursday in honor of Deputy State Fire Marshal Charles Sparks, who passed away on July 8 from a heart attack he suffered while battling a fire in Adair County.
“Jane and I send our deepest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Charles Sparks,” Beshear said in a press release. “His courage and dedication to protecting the public is an example to us all and we greatly honor his service and his sacrifice. This is a tremendous loss to not only firefighters across the state and citizens of Adair County, but to the entire Commonwealth of Kentucky.”
Sparks, 49, was a 23-year employee of the state fire marshal’s office. Most recently, he served as an assistant chief with the Adair-Columbia Fire Department, where he served for 32 years. Sparks was also an instructor with Kentucky Fire and Rescue Training. He is survived by his wife Tammy, son Trent and parents Charles and Helen Sparks. Sparks’ burial services were held at Columbia's Haven Hill Cemetery in Adair County with full firefighter honors earlier this week.