Randy Molter is being remembered this week as a hardworking leader in the Worthington Division of Fire.
Molter, 55, died Nov. 23 following a lengthy battle with cancer.
He retired in 2005 as a captain with the department, which he joined in 1978, when it was still part of Sharon Township. He was a firefighter, a paramedic and a hazardous-materials tech who had helped develop the hazmat program with fellow Capt. Bill Fields.
Worthington Fire Chief Scott Highley said Molter was a problem solver who had uncommon common sense. He was well-liked and had a tremendous sense of humor.
"He was just a good guy," Highley said.
Molter retired on the first day he was eligible because, he said, he wanted to have fun. He liked to ride his Harley-Davidson motorcycle and was able to enjoy many trips around the country during his retirement, Highley said.
He also was a pilot and a musician. He wrote and recorded music and played guitar and piano.
He was a 1975 graduate of Brookhaven High School. Besides Worthington, he worked for Delaware County EMS, Riverside Hospital, the MICU transport team, MedFlight and the Jerome Township Fire Department.
His father, the late Clay Molter, was a Columbus firefighter.
Molter's funeral was planned for Wednesday, Nov. 28. Fire equipment from Worthington and other departments was to be part of the procession, which was to travel through Worthington and pass the fire station on its way to the Jerome Township Cemetery in Plain City.
He lived in Plain City with his wife, Rhonda S. Molter. He had a son, Ryan Molter, and a daughter, Kelli Rieman, and stepchildren Jennifer Garrison and Amanda Neylon. He also is survived by grandchildren and other relatives, as well as good friends and his motorcycle community.
Contributions may be made to the Central Ohio Fire Museum & Learning Center, 260 N. High St., Columbus, 43215, for refurbishing of the original heart mobile.