MALDEN, W.Va. -- A Malden volunteer firefighter and chaplain who died at the scene of a fire in Sissonville will have a public funeral Friday.
The public event for John Thomas Appleton will be held at noon at Riverside High School in Quincy. It follows a private service for friends and family at 10 a.m. at Kanawha Salines Presbyterian Church in Malden, where Appleton was pastor.
Appleton, 62, died of cardiac arrest after collapsing at the scene of the fire in Sissonville earlier this week.Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin ordered all state flags at state-owned facilities to be flown at half-staff Friday in honor of Appleton.