Kevin A. Dailey was born in Gallipolis, Ohio, on August 9, 1950, to the late Howard and Roberta Dailey. He was a dedicated public servant. Kevin was proud of many accomplishments and affiliations in his life. He began firefighting in 1978 and retired as fire chief at Richland Township Fire Department. He was an instructor at Hocking College School of Public Safety Service, a trustee with American Sternwheeler Association, and a member of the Heart Research Team of Ohio State University. He was a lifetime member of Middleport Volunteer Fire Department, IFCA, OFCA, Fairfield County Fire Firefighters Association, and COAFA. Kevin was a 2012 Knights of Columbus Ohio Blue Coat Award winner. He was an incident safety officer for Fairfield County Fire/EMS and a member of Rushville Lions Club. He held many licenses and certifications such as, EMTP, FF1&11, HAZMAT, Communication & Dispatching with APCO, Drager Swede Flashover Simulator Fire Safety Officer, Fire Officer 1 and 2, driver training, and building and fire safety prevention and ordinance devices.
Kevin was preceded in death by his sweetheart and the love of his life, Pam Dailey. Kevin is greatly missed and remembered often and fondly by his sister and “brother,” Bron and Lee Williams; stepchildren, Clint (Jennifer) Donely, Kyle Donely, and Sarah (Ian) Nash; step-grandchildren, Fletcher Nash and Duncan Nash; niece, Chrissy (Aric) Patterson; nephew, Adam Williams; and several nieces and nephews who adored him; as well as many friends who he considered family, especially those brothers and sisters who he served with over the years.
Kevin spent his entire life doing what he loved, firefighting and teaching the next generation lessons (professional and personal) that each will carry with them for a lifetime. Kevin loved to joke and tease/aggravate those he loved the most! Kevin’s family and friends will never know the full magnitude of the lives he has touched in his precious 72 years of life and service. Kevin left this world as a hero to many!