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Daviess Firefighter remembered after being killed by alleged drunk driver

People in Montgomery, Indiana still cannot believe what happened late Friday night. That's when a crash took the life of a volunteer firefighter.

Posted: Nov. 13, 2017 7:08 PM
Updated: Nov. 13, 2017 7:08 PM

DAVIESS COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) - People in Montgomery, Indiana still cannot believe what happened late Friday night.

That's when a crash took the life of a volunteer firefighter.

But, as we found out, he was so much more to this small Daviess County community.

Residents of the town say Kendall Murphy will be remembered as a man who gave his all in everything he did.

Montgomery is in eastern Daviess County, along U.S. Highway 50.

The area is volleyball and basketball country...and Kendall was a big part of that legacy.

He was a member of the state runner-up team in 2007, and Barr-Reeve's freshman coach when the Vikings won the state title in 2015.

Now, the community mourns his passing, and his close friends are devastated.

"They had kind of confirmed what they heard and I fell on the floor and just bawled. I mean, I talked to Kendall earlier that morning about basketball practice on Saturday and...I just couldn't believe it," Josh Swartzentruber, one of Kendall's friends told us.

He just took a job with a bank in Jasper and was engaged to be married.

He was just 27-years-old.

In that span, he touched many lives...from his high school coach to a veteran who made sure to fly his flag at half-staff in Kendall's memory.

Police say, Colby Blake, also a volunteer firefighter struck Kendall with a vehicle while responding to a call.

Officials say Blake had a blood alcohol level of 2.01 percent.

He is currently in the Daviess County Jail.

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