John Appleton, 62, of Malden, suffered cardiac arrest while fighting a fire in the Sissonville area. He was rushed to the hospital but did not survive. John has been pastor of Kanawha Salines Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Malden, W.V., since 2004. He also served as chaplain for the local fire department. He will have a full firefighter’s funeral on Friday, 28 June.

  The Patriot Guard has been invited to stand in silent honor for this fine man as his community pays their respects. We will have a flag line in place for the private family service, and another flag line in place for the arrival of the procession at Riverside High School for the public service. We will not be participating in the procession, so an escort is not part of this mission…we are doing flag lines only. Mission information is as follows: 

Staging time: 09000920, flag line in place between 0930-1000 (private service)

Staging location: Kanawha Salines Presbyterian Church, 4303 Salines Drive, Charleston, WV (just past Stevens and Grass Funeral Home)

RCIC: Buddy Palla, assisted by Anita Gunnoe. 

After the service starts at 1000, we will re-locate to Riverside HS and be ready to re-establish the flag line before the procession arrives. Please remember your 3×5 flags. Questions can be directed to the RC. All groups/clubs are welcome to join with us as we honor this public servant. 

Buddy Palla

WVPG, ASC-south