Procession held for volunteer firefighter killed in southern Indiana double homicide
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) – The city of Corydon, Indiana, paid tribute to deceased volunteer firefighter Jacob McClanahan on Saturday.
The 24-year-old was shot and killed while acting like a good Samaritan to help a stranger, whose car appeared to be stuck.
The funeral was held at the Old Capitol United Methodist Church near Corydon at 11 a.m. Saturday before the procession.
According to his obituaryMcClanahan was a truck driver for the Harrison County Highway Department and a member of several organizations, including Old Capitol United Methodist Church near Corydon, Ramsey Volunteer Fire Department, Township of Harrison, among others.
“Everyone loved him, everyone who knew him,” said a friend of the McClanahans, Paulinna Johansen. “He was ready to help anyone, anytime, anything he needed.”
Around 9:30 p.m. Monday night, Indiana State Police said McClanahan pulled over to help a Palmyra police officer with a car that ran out of gas along the 135 freeway.
Seconds after getting out of their cars, ISP said shots were fired and McClanahan and Justin Moore, the driver of the stuck car, were killed.
“I’ve watched this body camera footage more times than I would like to,” Harrison’s co-attorney, Otto Schalk, said. “Trying to make sense of a senseless murder.”
Those who knew McClanahan said he died doing what he did best, trying to help.
“He was always asking if we needed anything,” Johansen said. “What if we were okay. Just talk casually. He was just a wonderful person. Really cared about everyone. He was doing what he thought was best and I hate what happened. I really hate what happened. I just don’t want people to think they still can’t be a good person. He changed the community. He made it a better place here.
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