Date for Mackey visitation, funeral set

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ) – Visitation and funeral arrangements have been made for John Everett Mackey, a paramedic who died after being hit by a car last week.

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 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 visitation for Mackey will be held on Thursday, November 12, from 12:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at the Bethel Harvest Church.  His funeral will be held the following day at 2:00 p.m., also at the Bethel Harvest Church.

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