Charles ‘Buck’ Clough‚ Jr. was born May 22‚ 1967. He was the son of Charles F. Clough‚ Sr. and Beulah Kincaid Clough. Buck was a 1985 graduate of Queen Anne’s County High School. He was married for 19 years to his wife Sandy and they have two sons‚ Shane and Chase. He was employed for 21 years by Maryland State Highway and worked in traffic engineering.
Buck lived a very blessed‚ happy and contented life. He was raised by two loving parents‚ married his best friend (as he liked to say) and had two beautiful‚ happy‚ healthy sons that he loved and adored. Everyday and most nights were filled with all the people and things he loved; family‚ friends‚ the firemen’s brotherhood‚ softball‚ hunting‚ camping‚ farming and the list could go on-and-on. He taught us to live each day to the fullest. Buck’s fun-loving and jovial demeanor won the hearts of everyone he met. And he never met a stranger! He was a man of integrity who cherished his family and friends.
At the time of his death‚ at the age of 41‚ he was serving his second term as chief. His first term as chief was in 1990 and 1991 at the age of just 23 years old. This is a testament to his unassuming leadership talent even at such a young age. He held numerous other positions over his 26 years with the Sudlersville Volunteer Fire Company including: 1st asst. chief‚ 2nd asst. chief‚ 3rd asst. chief‚ captain‚ lieutenant and member of the board of directors. He also spent many years on the fire prevention committee and loved teaching fire prevention to children at the local elementary schools every October.
On April 15th 2009 our lives were forever changed when he responded to his last call‚ serving his beloved community. Buck chose‚ even in the last seconds of his life‚ to continuing protecting the life and property of others by swerving to avoid a car that pulled into the path of his emergency vehicle while responding to a fire call. His last second evasive action kept the life and property of others unharmed and he kept disorder from slipping into chaos…this is a reflection of his character and the husband‚ father‚ and fellow firefighter that we all knew and loved.
Our nation is blessed to have volunteers like Buck who risk their lives for the safety and concern of others. We’re blessed to have mothers and fathers like Buck‚ Sr. and Beulah who raise sons of such courage and character. And we’re blessed with the mercy of a loving God who comforts all of us who grieve.
Like the men and women who were honored here before him‚ Buck left us far too soon. Everyone that knew Buck has lost a huge part of them. But his legacy will live on in his sons‚ his fellow firefighters and in the community that he loved so dearly. Rest well Chief Clough‚ with your fellow fallen heroes‚ knowing that your sacrifice in protecting your fellow man exemplifies the best of being an American. It deserves your fellow citizens unyielding gratitude‚ pride and respect. You are greatly loved and missed by all!