Posted: Mar 13, 2021 / 06:41 PM EST
Updated: Mar 13, 2021 / 06:41 PM EST
ELYSBURG, NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) – A Northumberland County community is remembering the firefighting legacy of a public servant.
Coal Township Deputy Fire Chief Kevin Malukas was known by many simply as “Bubba.” Malukas died suddenly on Monday at the age of 61 after responding to a few calls the night before.
His passing is considered a line of duty death since he was on a call less than 12 hours earlier.
A funeral mass was held Saturday morning in Shamokin followed by a burial in Elysburg.
“Kevin was a ray of sunshine whenever you talked to him. I don’t know if I ever saw him have a down moment at any of our meetings. He was truly a volunteer in the sense of the word,” said Craig Fetterman, Chairman of the Board of Coal Twp. Commissioners.
“When you lose a close friend like this, it’s hard because it’s another one gone that takes you away from the service,” said Thomas Jeffery, First Lt. Friendship Fire Co.
We will get a closer look at the ceremony remembering Deputy Chief Malukas tonight on Eyewitness News at 11.
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