Hall of Fame Member Ken Knipper


With great sadness we report the loss of Campbell County Fire District #1 Fire Board Member and good friend, Kenneth R. Knipper.

Kenneth R. Knipper was born on September 8, 1934. On June 13, 1959 Ken married Peggy Morrell, the love of his life. They have five children, Mary Jo, Catherine, Diane, Sharon and Tom. To date they have been blessed with many wonderful grandchildren.

Ken joined the Silver Grove Volunteer Fire Department in 1976. He quickly became involved in fire and especially EMS issues. Ken advanced through the ranks of Engineer, Lieutenant, and Captain, before being elected Fire Chief in 1986 and serving until 1994. He worked tirelessly to implement EMS into the Silver Grove Department in the early 1980's with an ambulance being put on-line in 1982.

Always working as a volunteer, Ken spent countless hours advancing the cause of Fire and EMS in his department and regionally as a Paramedic Assistant with NKEMS, Responding to hundreds of calls in Northern Kentucky. Ken became active in both the Campbell County Education Association and the Northern Kentucky Firefighters Association. He served on countless committees as well as serving as president of both organizations. In 1984,

Then President, Sie Jewell asked Ken to get involved with the Kentucky Firefighters Association, chairing his EMS committee. Ken jumped in with both feet and led the KFA into the previously uncharted arena of emergency medical service. He has served under numerous KFA presidents as EMS Committee Chairman for nearly 20 years. When the KFA decided to take a more active role in the National Volunteer Fire Council, Ken was appointed Committee Chairman in 1995. He quickly rose through the ranks of the National Volunteer Fire Council serving in many important roles. He gained national recognition as Chairman of the NVFC By-Laws Committee. Knipper was selected to a prestigious position on the NVFC Executive Committee. He was honored with the 2012 E. James Monihan Director Award for extraordinary dedication and service on behalf of the NVFC.

In 2011 Ken was selected by the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians for the Rocco V. Morando Lifetime Achievement Award because of his tireless and dedicated service to the EMS field.

Ken's tireless work with the EMS Committee of the KFA has led to many advances in EMS standards and care in Kentucky. Through his and others efforts, decision making is being turned over to EMS providers, not politicians. With the NVFC, Ken has become the torchbearer for the interest of Kentucky and its many volunteers.

Ken Knipper was inducted into the 2008 Kentucky Firefighters Association Hall of Fame for his role to bring EMS and improve those services to Northern Kentucky, the Commonwealth and the Nation. Ken also served as the Director of Emergency Operations for Campbell County, a job in which he spends countless hours supporting the needs and interests of all emergency services in Campbell County. Ken’s wit and soft spoken directness and demeanor will….(as Ken would say)… “quite frankly”.. be missed by all.

Arrangements for Ken R. Knipper have been finalized and are as follows:

Visitation will be Friday December 2nd from 4 PM to 7 PM at the Muehlenkamp-Erschell Funeral Home 427 S. Ft. Thomas Avenue, Ft. Thomas, KY.

On Saturday Dec 3rd funeral services will begin at 9 AM at the Funeral Home and then a procession will proceed to St. Joseph Church, 4011 Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring, KY for Mass of Christian Burial.

There will be no graveside services after Mass

A reception after Mass will be held at the Church.

Uniform personnel must be at the funeral home by 08:45 AM for Detail instructions.

Agencies with Fire & EMS apparatus that desire to be in the Saturday Morning procession from the Funeral Home to the Church will need to contact our staging Officer, Capt. Keith Hammann at khammann@afdky.org or call him at 859-750-3412 prior to 4 PM on Friday Dec. 2nd. Apparatus must arrive by 8 AM to be staged as Parking is limited.


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