Middlebrook died Tuesday while fighting a fire at a LaPorte County business, K-Fex, near the intersection of U.S. 20 and 800 East. Visitation is Sunday from 2 until 7 p.m. ET at the Everest-Rohrer Auditorium at Bethel College while the funeral service will be on Monday, Aug. 11 at 11 a.m. at the college.
The Starke County Honor Guard will be guarding the casket during the visitation and the members will march with the funeral procession to the New Carlisle Cemetery.
A fire apparatus and crew will be providing fire protection for New Carlisle so local area volunteer firefighters from nearby fire departments can attend the services. Those firefighters will be covering the department from Monday morning until Tuesday morning. Fire protection will not be compromised. According to Starke County Association of Firefighters President, Richard Minker, the days will be divided into two operational periods so crews and equipment will be on a rotation.
The Starke County Association of Firefighters consists of firefighters from Koontz Lake, Hamlet, Washington Township, Knox-Center Township, North Judson-Wayne Township and San Pierre Fire Departments.