Radcliff launches fund for firefighter's family after child's death

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Son killed, family injured in Meade County wreck this week

By Marty Finley

Radcliff Fire Department is huddling around one of its brothers in a time of need.

The department and city have started a fund at The Cecilian Bank to benefit full-time firefighter Leroy Lewis, to help pay for funeral and medical expenses after his 9-year-old son was killed Tuesday and his wife and daughter were injured in a wreck near Battletown in Meade County.

Radcliff Fire Chief Jamie Henderson said donors can give directly to the fund at the bank in the name of the Lewis family. The Huddle House and Snap Fitness in Radcliff also are accepting donations to benefit the fund, Henderson said.

“Any way you can help would be really appreciated,” Henderson said, addressing the community. “He’s definitely given his time back to the community.”

Henderson said Lewis has worked for Radcliff Fire for about five years and also volunteers with the Meade County Fire Department.

The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation of New York has offered to pay for the funeral of Lewis’ son, Joseph. Radcliff businessman Roger Stradley is national project coordinator for the foundation.

Stradley said the foundation was named in honor of a fallen first responder, Stephen Siller, who died during the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, and the family understands the feeling of loss. When Stradley contacted Frank Siller, Stephen’s brother, about helping Lewis’ family, it was an easy sell.

“He said, ‘done,’” Stradley recalled. “He said this is a family affair. First responders are the quiet heroes of our community.”

Stradley said the foundation works to do good and assist those in need.

“If we can lift a little burden off the family, that’s the best thing we can do,” he said.

The funeral for Joseph Calvin Lewis is scheduled for 2 p.m. today at Bruington-Jenkins-Sturgeon Funeral Home in Brandenburg. Burial follows in Cap Anderson Cemetery.

According to the Meade County Sheriff’s Office, the boy was killed after the 2002 Chevy Blazer his mother was driving left the south side of Ky. 228 near Battletown and overturned.

The boy and his mother, Sarah Lewis, were ejected from the car and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Sarah Lewis was airlifted to University Hospital in Louisville and her 11-year-old daughter, Dallas Sizemore, was transported to a hospital by Meade County EMS, according to authorities.

In addition to the fund, Henderson said the department is coming together to pick up Lewis’ hours so he can take time off to mourn his son and tend to his family.

Mayor J.J. Duvall said the situation is tragic and the city was compelled to assist Lewis and his family because he is one of their own.

Marty Finley can be reached at (270) 505-1762 or mfinley@thenewsenterprise.com.