Community gathers to honor fallen firefighter


    GREENFIELD — City leaders, community members and firefighters from near and far have gathered in Park Cemetery to say goodbye to a local fallen firefighter.

    Greenfield Fire Territory firefighter Scott Compton died Saturday after suffering an apparent heart attack at his home hours after leaving the scene of a fire that devastated several local businesses.

    Compton was a 17-year veteran of the department. He worked as a part-time firefighter, carrying a rank of lieutenant, and was on scene as local fire crews fought a blaze at Riley Park Plaza for more than seven hours last week.

    Compton returned to his Greenfield home after the fire had been fully extinguished but suffered a heart attack in the hours that followed, officials said. He was found dead in his home Saturday midday.

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    Caitlin VanOverberghe is a reporter at the Greenfield Daily Reporter. She can be reached at 317-477-3237 or