Fenton's community hero laid to rest - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Fenton's community hero laid to rest

FENTON, LA (KPLC) -
The flag at the Fenton Fire Station flew half staff on Saturday afternoon as crowds gathered to say a final goodbye to a community hero. 

Woodrow Joseph Clophus Sr. helped establish the District Five Fire Department in 1976. He then served as the Fire Chief until 1982.

"His leadership in the community meant a lot to us," said Fenton Mayor, Eddie Alfred, Jr.  "He was a true leader, his character spoke out about him.  He was really influential in the community."
Leading the department and helping it transition into the full fire station it is today, he served his community and his family by selflessly giving all of himself to others. 

"Not only was he a family man,  he also mentored a lot of us young people when we were real small," Alfred said. 

Alfred served double duty at Saturday's funeral, honoring the family on behalf of the city and being the family as Clophus' nephew.

"As a family member, he was my number one supporter so that speaks to a lot about him. He was my heart." 

With a full honors fire fighters funeral, made up of firefighters from the five parish area, Clophus was laid to rest. 

"It's a fireman's tradition to give a proper burial and that's to give the full honors to a firefighter," said Allen Parish Fire Chief, Roy Lowman. "That's having the casket carried by an engine, the ringing of the bell, flag folding just different aspects of that."

A salute from a brotherhood, fit for a true hero.

"It doesn't matter where you're from. What state, what nation, what country, when a firefighter falls, we all honor his life and legacy," Lowman said. 

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