Ike Taylor receives Last Ride from first responders
The Cameron police officers, fire fighters and paramedics joined in a caravan to escort 52-year firefighter Ike Taylor on his last ride before burial service inside Packard Cemetery.
Before retiring last fall, Taylor served the City of Cameron as a firefighter and city mechanic until just before his 90th birthday.
Taylor, a Maysville High School Class of 1947 graduate, worked for MoDOT most of his life but spent much of his time volunteering for multiple local organizations including being the Boy Scout Troop 175 leader and member of the Tribe of Mic-O-Say. In 1967, at the age of 38, he began working for the Cameron Fire Department and after 52 years of service became the longest active employee in the history of the City of Cameron. He was also a member of the Cameron American Legion Post 33 and local VFW.
As previously reported by the Citizen-Observer, City of Cameron Clerk Shellie Blades announced the passing recently retired Cameron Fire Department firefighter Ike Taylor during Monday’s Cameron City Council meeting.
“Former fireman Ike Taylor has passed away. He will have his visitation Wednesday night and a funeral Thursday morning,” Blades said.
Last fall, the City of Cameron recognized Taylor for his 52 years of service. Along with a proclamation from then Mayor Darlene Breckenridge, he also received a commemorative plaque from Cameron Assistant Fire Chief Mike Walser. Walser said Taylor played a vital role for not only the fire department but emergency medical service as well. The Cameron Police Department, Cameron EMS and CFD then gave him a formal escort out of city hall. Taylor is the longest serving employee in the history of Cameron.
“For 52 years Ike has been the one (to go to) when anything broke down. We had trucks from the early days and we couldn’t afford things … You mean the world to me and everybody else,” Walser said.
A month later, Missouri State Fire Marshal J. Tim Bean recognized him during a special ceremony.
“The loyalty and commitment you demonstrated throughout your career really exemplifies the best of the Missouri Fire Service,” Bean said. “Your dedication is appreciated by all. I would love to present this to you sir and thank you again ... I know what a strain it is on the family. I was raised in it. Thank you, sir.”