Capt. Charles “Charlie” Stiles, the long time chief officer of the Madison County Rescue Squad, Inc. and a dear friend to many both in public safety and in the community, passed away quietly at about 10:45 AM this morning at the Compassionate Care Center in Richmond after a brief illness. His passing was due to complications from two substantial heart attacks that he suffered in late December.
Capt. Stiles, who was 85, was involved in organizing the Squad in 1974 and was a charter member when the Squad was officially chartered in July, 1975. He served continuously as an active member of the Squad, maintaining a perfect attendance record at meetings for almost his entire career and being honored on the occasion of his 80th birthday by various organizations as the oldest serving rescue squad officer in Kentucky — a distinction that he maintained until his passing. He responded to more than 4,500 calls during his rescue career.
During his career, Capt. Stiles was the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions from organizations such as the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management, the Kentucky State Police, the Madison County government and others. In 2009 he was recognized by the governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky for his lifetime of volunteer service. In addition to his nearly 40 years of rescue service, he was currently serving as a deputy coroner — a position that he had held for many years. He previously served as a deputy sheriff and volunteer firefighter. His achievements as a peace officer and emergency responder are simply too numerous to list.
In addition to his public safety work, Charlie owned and operated an auto service garage for most of his adult life. Over the years he quietly donated a vast amount of labor and parts to individuals in financial need, providing free repair services to those who had difficulty paying. He supported a variety of charitable causes and was always willing to help those in need. He also adored animals and provided food and a home for innumerable cats as well as for various other wild and domesticated animals.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, January 5 from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM. A public safety funeral service will be held on Monday, January 6 at 11:00 AM EST. All services will be held at the Oldham, Roberts and Powell Funeral Home at 1110 Barnes Mill Road in Richmond, KY. Burial will be in the Richmond Cemetery.