His wife, Billie Jo
Chief Orkies developed duty-related cancer and was undergoing treatment while still actively serving as Fire Chief. He later contracted COVID-19 in the line-of-duty and died from complications of both.
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The passing of Chief Orkies hits out public safety family hard. The years of his devoted service leaves a legacy etched upon the hearts of all of us who are privileged to have served with him. Chief Orkies “well done good and faithful servant. Enter now into the joy of our Heavenly Father”. We hold his family, his friends and the Zoneton Fire family in our prayers.