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First responding agencies mourn death of former Montgomery City firefighter

Former Montgomery Fire Protection District fireman Benjamin Lee Grote West died Saturday. (Montgomery County Fire Protection District photo)

Several emergency response agencies took to social media over the weekend to express their condolences after the death of a mid-Missouri fireman.

Benjamin Lee Grote West, 36, died Saturday of an apparent heart attack at his home in Montgomery City. He was a veteran of the United States Navy, and was honorably discharged in December 2005.

West had been a member of the Wellsville V.F.W. Post 3056, Montgomery Fire Protection District, the Masonic Lodge 246, the Missouri Press Association and the Hermann Band, according to his obituary.

"He was a great friend and will be missed," the Montgomery Fire Protection District stated.

"Our brothers and sisters to the east, prayers for comfort and peace in this very trying time," the North Callaway Fire Protection District added.

West was most recently an editor at the Wellsville Optic-News.

A visitation has been scheduled for 12 p.m. Wednesday at the Myers Funeral Home in Wellsville. Memorial services have been set for 2 p.m. at the Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall in Wellsville.

The following agencies also commented on the loss of the former firefighter.

  • Marthasville Volunteer Fire Department: "Our thoughts and prayers are with the Montgomery Fire Protection District during this difficult time."
  • Montgomery County 911: "Our thoughts and prayers go out to Ben's loved ones and fire department brothers and sisters."
  • Warren County Ambulance District & Training Center: "Our deepest sympathies go out to our brothers and sisters of Montgomery County Fire, EMS and PD for the loss of one their own."
  • Warrenton Fire Protection District: "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Montgomery Fire Protection District during this difficult time."
  • Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop F: "Ben was Editor at the Wellsville Optic-News. He was also a beloved son, uncle, Navy veteran & always a gentleman. You will be missed, Sir."
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