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Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Marion County Fire Rescue firefighter/paramedic passes away

Marion County Fire Rescue announced this afternoon that a local firefighter/paramedic has sadly passed away.

“It is with deep sadness and regret that I announce the passing of MCFR Firefighter Paramedic Tripp Wooten,” stated Marion County Fire Chief James Banta.

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MCFR firefighter/paramedic Tripp Wooten passed away on January 9, 2023 (Photo: Marion County Fire Rescue)

Wooten was a 14-year veteran firefighter who joined Marion County Fire Rescue on December 15, 2006. Prior to being hired by Marion County Fire Rescue, he was a member of the 2006 MCFR Career Academy Class.

According to MCFR, Wooten spent many years as a member of the “Hames Road Hooligans” at Belleview Station #18, and he was most recently assigned to Lynne Station #4.

“Tripp was an amazingly talented firefighter/paramedic,” stated Banta. “He never met a stranger and possessed a sense of humor that brightened the days of all who came in contact with him.”

In a social media post, Marion County Fire Rescue stated that badge covers are authorized to be worn for the next 30 calendar days. Additionally, all sworn personnel are to wear class “A” uniforms when attending any related services.

Tripp Wooten leaves behind a wife and two children.