Zachary Chase Clevenger, 30 years old, was the husband of Christina Clevenger, and expectant father to Zachary Chase Clevenger II, who is due in July 2016. Zach, a loving husband to Christina and father to baby Zachary Chase Clevenger II, couldn’t wait for baby C to arrive. He was so excited to be a dad. Zach was a true family man who worked hard to provide for his wife and unborn child. Zach was an avid hunter and fisherman who loved to be outdoors. He loved to work in his small orchard at home and enjoyed woodworking with his dad.
Zach was both a professional and volunteer firefighter who loved the fire service. He was a dedicated public servant, serving as a captain, firefighter, EMT and fire investigator. Zach also loved to teach about the fire service and fire investigation and was an active instructor. As a leader and officer in the fire service, he placed emphasis on education and training and truly led by example. He had a true passion for the fire service and served all his departments well.
Zach loved a good prank and was always smiling and laughing. Zach gave 110% in everything that he did and left a lasting impression on everyone he met. He lived a life of dignity, honor, courage, and integrity, selflessly serving and sacrificing for the greater good of others.
He is survived by his spouse, Christina Coomer-Clevenger; his son, Zachary Chase Clevenger II (due July 2016); and his parents, John Anthony Clevenger and Tamara Joe Clevenger.
Zach received a Bachelor of Science degree from Eastern Kentucky University in Fire and Safety Engineering Technology/Fire, Arson and Explosion Investigation. He had been employed by Matrix Investigation Group, Inc. as a fire investigator Since 2007. He had served with Montgomery County Fire and EMS since 2009 as a captain, firefighter, and EMT. He also served with the Estill County Fire Department as a part-time professional firefighter and volunteer firefighter since 2008.
Zach had numerous specialties and licensures, including N.A.F.I. Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator, N.A.F.I Certified Vehicle Fire Investigator, N.A.F.I. Certified Fire Investigator Instructor, Certified Firefighter I and II (IFSAC), CPR Instructor, EMT-Basic, Kentucky State Private Investigator, National Fire Academy certification, and Kentucky Fire Commission Level I instructor
His professional affiliations included the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF), the National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI), the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI), the Kentucky Chapter of IAAI, the Montgomery County Professional Firefighters Association (IAFF local # 4805), Kentucky Colonel; and National Society Professional Insurance Investigators (NSPII)