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This Saturday morning, we in Jones County lost a giant in the field of Emergency Medical Services.  EMServ Paramedic and Southwest Jones VFD Firefighter Keith McMullen slipped the bonds of this earthly life after the briefest of illnesses.  Keith was the consummate medical professional, cool under pressure, medically astute, caring, loving, principled, and at all times jovial. He is the instructor who taught virtually every volunteer fire department emergency medical responder in the Jones County Volunteer Fire Service. His classes were hard. Very hard. But he challenged every student to do their best and gain the medical knowledge needed to help those whose lives he knew they would one day be entrusted with.

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Keith's professional accomplishments are legendary, yet, few knew just what all he did. He never bragged, he just performed. He was a workhorse whose energy seemingly knew no limits. His love for his wife and children was abundantly evident, and he cherished them with that huge heart of his. His love for Christ was ably and aptly demonstrated. His dedication to giving it all to the patients under his care was simply amazing.

Jones County has lost a giant of a man. While Heaven has surely gained, those of us still here have suffered a terrible loss. Please pray for Keith's wife and children, his direct family, his medical and firefighter family, and his friends. Without a doubt, Keith was greeted this Saturday morning by Jesus with the words "Well done, my good and faithful servant."

Farewell, dear friend and Godspeed - we've got the watch from here.

Lance Chancellor

Firefighter/Emergency Medical Responder - Powers Fire & Rescue

McMullen died eleven days after being diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.  He served as an Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic with EMServ Ambulance Service and AAA Ambulance Service, and Corporate Safety Director at Hol-Mac Corporation. He studied EMT-Paramedic at the University of Mississippi Medical Center and the University of Southern Mississippi.

He is survived by his wife, Retha Williamson McMullen, and two children, Case and Christina. His wife has asked that there be no phone calls or visits until they have had a chance to rest.

Arrangements are incomplete at this time.

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