LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – People lined streets in Lexington and Nicholasville on Monday to pay their respects as a long procession of ambulances and other emergency vehicles brought a fallen paramedic home to Jessamine County. 40-year old John Mackey died Monday at UK Hospital, five days after he was hit by a car while on duty in Nicholasville.
Investigators say Mackey stepped out of the ambulance he was in to inspect damage after the ambulance’s side mirrors hit a truck’s side mirrors. Police say Mackey stepped right into the path of a car driven by a 17-year old girl. Investigators say there was nothing the girl could have done to avoid the collision.
Mackey spent a dozen years saving lives and helping people in need, which he continued even in death as an organ donor. Mackey’s father, Joe Kinney released the following statement after his son died:
“Our son was one of the most caring individuals I have ever known. His heart and compassion for others were as large as he was. He was extremely intelligent, but instead of pursuing a high paying career, he chose public safety to care for others. Many people in Jessamine County are alive today because of his calling. His giving spirit was evident in his service to others and the gift he gave of organ donation with his passage. He was a loving husband and devoted father of three children. He is loved and will be missed.”
The motorcade carrying Mackey’s body left UK Hospital shortly after 5:00 p.m., and ended its somber journey at Betts and West Funeral Home in Nicholasville. Funeral arrangements are incomplete.