Georgetown firefighter dies a year after double lung transplant

Johnnie Jacobs (From: Stamping Ground Volunteer Fire Department's Facebook page)

GEORGETOWN, Ky. (WTVQ) – A retired Georgetown firefighter, who underwent a double lung transplant just over a year ago, has died, according to social media posts by his family and area fire departments.

Stamping Ground Volunteer Fire Department issued a statement expressing sadness for the passing of Battalion Chief Johnnie Jacobs.

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“He truly gave his all and his life for the career he dedicated to firefighting, saving those in need and dutifully serving the Georgetown and Scott County community,” the statement said. “Our department sends thoughts and prayers to his wife, children, home family, and Georgetown Fire Department family in the days ahead.”

Jacobs spent 20-years as a firefighter.  He lost a courageous battle with a lung disease associated with long-term exposure to smoke and chemicals.

His wife, Katie Silk Jacobs, also released a statement online about her late husband.

“My love, my husband, my person lost his grueling battle tonight.  He ultimately gave his life for a career that he loved. He fought so hard every day for his family. We had dreams and adventures planned that we will never get to do. I am shattered. I pray those babies will never forget how great their dad was and how much he loved them,” the statement said.