"He was my hero. We were firemen together, we were police men together. We both drove the truck. We did the ambulance service together. He meant the world to me," Simon Knotts III, Chief Knotts son spoke of his father.
A little bit of tears, but a lot of laughter and celebration. That's exactly how New Matamouras Police Chief Simon Knotts would have wanted to be remembered.
Knotts left the community with his legacy. His family started the St. Joe's Ambulance Service in 1971. He is also a former Volunteer Firefighter of the Year from Washington County.
Fires are not the only thing that Chief Knotts fought. He fought an eight year battle with cancer, that took his life on May 15th.
"He fought so hard. A long fight....a long fight. And he was so involved with family his friends, his career, the fire department," Chief Knotts daughter, Sherri Brockmeier said.
His strength was displayed on the hearts of friends and family by the shirt he designed to support kidney cancer.
'Knotts never met a stranger', a statement that family members say describes him perfectly and as Knotts famously says....'nuff said.