Logan County man spends more than two decades in service
If there was anyone the residents of Corley would want when they need it, it’s Shane Molton.
A 20-year veteran of Logan County’s Emergency Management Services, Molton has held a number of positions including search and rescue missions.
In these situations, he “gets the job done in the fastest and most efficient way,” said Nathan Thrailkill, who has made numerous calls with Molton.
Molton began working with the Search and Rescue Team as well as a Dive Search Team during their training in 2009, although the two disbanded a few years ago.
His wife Carla said Molton searched Mount Magazine for lost hikers. He also took people to hospital after tornadoes.
“So he did a bit of everything,” Carla Molton said.
Molton is originally from Paris and now lives in Corley, the town perched atop Mount Magazine. Friends say Molton has dedicated his life to serving the small community and its surroundings.
“He really is a community rock here in Corley,” said Thrailkill, who also serves at the Corley Volunteer Fire Department where Molton is the chief.
Molton appreciates the simplicity of a quiet mountain life.
Molton and Thrailllkill have worked together in the Corley Fire Department for about 20 years and are so close that Thrailkill named his youngest son Shane, after Molton.
Molton started with the service in 1994 and has worked with three fire departments in Corley, Subiaco and Roseville. As Corley’s firefighter, Molton said he likely makes two to three calls a month. When he was with Subiaco and Roseville, he made over 15 to 20 calls per month.
“I like to do it,” Molton said. He later clarified that he likes to “just help the community”.
Molton works full time as an emergency medical technician, a job he has held full time for 19 years. Molton started working part time in 1995.
James Green has been Molton’s manager at Logan County EMS since 2015.
“He’s a very hard worker, very dedicated,” said Green.
Molton is someone who is always willing to work extra shifts to get the job done, Green said, adding that Molton is very passionate about his job.
Thrailkill said the same about Molton’s time with the Corley Fire Department. Molton spends all of his free time working on fire trucks and making sure the service is ready to fight fires in the area.
“Shane is a really good guy,” Thrailkill said, adding that Molton is the kind of person who will drop everything to help people. “He has a big heart.”
Molton’s aunt Lynda Molton agreed with this sentiment and said Molton has always been the quiet type who shuns the spotlight.
“He’s just one of those people that everyone would love to have as their best friend,” said Lynda Molton.
Shane Molton has been married since 1998 and has two sons. His two sons grew up wanting to be firefighters and the youngest is still considering joining a service.