Fellow firefighers bid farewell to longtime Winona FD member

Winona firefighters were joined by firefighters from Hanover Township, Damascus, Perry Township, Salem and Leetonia as they said goodbye to late Winona firefighter Gary Wilson Wednesday. Wilson, 54, who had served with the department for 38 years was the department’s vice president. He passed away Friday. Fire chief Willie Brantingham also fondly remembered Gary for his dedication to the department saying, “he wasn’t the fastest firefighter on the department but he was always there.” Brantingham also said Gary liked working with the kids especially doing the fire prevention week projects and participating in the department’s Halloween parties. Following the calling hours and funeral service at the Friends of Winona Church, a procession of fire trucks from area departments led the hearse bearing Wilson’s body under a flag that hung from Salem’s engine at the Winona fire station to Grove Hill Cemetery in Hanoverton. The “Last Call” was given for Wilson and his helmet was passed by Chief Brantingham to his widow, Angie (Stella) Wilson. Pallbearers were his three sons, Michael, Caleb and Collin Wilson and Winona firefighters Larry Bock, Daryl Doyle and Jim Conser. (Salem News photos by Patti Schaeffer)