Family members will hold a Celebration of Life at a later date for David Pierce, a longtime firefighter and amateur radio operator who fell to his death from a radio tower on Pine Mountain near Whitesburg.
Pierce, 71, was relocating a ham radio antenna on a tower near Whitesburg on Nov. 14 when he fell about 40 feet while climbing down the radio tower. Other ham operators at the scene, one of them a former emergency medical technician and the other a former paramedic, called 9-1-1 and provided first aid until the ambulance arrived. Pierce died at Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital.
Pierce was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police and the Kentucky Mountains Amateur Radio Club, worked as a volunteer firefighter for 51 years and was a firefighter for the City of Hazard for 16 years. He is survived by his wife, Donna Smith Pierce; a daughter, Alyson Ruth Pierce; a son, Jonathan Pierce and wife Kelly; two grandchildren, Caleb and Josiah; beloved dog, Molly; as well as a loving host of family and friends.