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National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

Roll of Honor

Captain
Age: 65
Year of Death: 2022

Kenneth R. Sott

Kenny was born on February 27, 1957, in Greenville South Carolina. He was a volunteer at Summerville Fire and Rescue with 30 years of service to his community. He started his career on November 3, 1993, and was a very well-respected member of the fire service. His exemplary service included assisting the special operations team and helping with physical training needs and other duties for recruit classes held at the training site.

In 2005, Kenny joined the Firefighter Combat Challenge team and went on to compete and win many competitions across the country, including the coveted Lion’s Den. He was also a founding member of the Summerville Fire and Rescue Dive Team.

Captain Sott was the type of firefighter that you could call at a moment’s notice to cover a 24-hour shift, and he would graciously respond, “I’ll be there in 15 minutes.” No matter what, he would happily provide his assistance when asked. He was able to balance a professional career of 34 years as superintendent of right of way management at Santee Cooper, family life, and his volunteer service to Summerville Fire and Rescue, without pause or question.

During his career, Captain Sott was recognized as Volunteer of the Year multiple times for his service and for going above and beyond the call of duty. Additionally, Kenny served as a volunteer member of the Town of Summerville tree committee for ten years. Kenny was a true service leader who willingly volunteered his time to assist his community and provide guidance and mentoring to his brothers and sisters in the fire service.

Kenny was a devoted and loving family man. He leaves behind his wife of 23 years, Stacey, and his son, Patrick. He was very involved in all activities that Patrick was interested in growing up, including scuba diving, fishing, sporting clays, and many others.

Kenny left this earth doing something he loved—being at the training site and serving his community. His family and friends will truly miss him, his smile, and his quick wit.

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  1. You left a wide wake while serving your fellow man. Your mark was great and you will never be forgotten. Rest easy now old friend.

    – Richard Waring