Baker dies in wreck

Layton Slade Baker, second from the left, spoke at Aikin Elementary School last week. Baker died in a motorcycle accident Sunday morning. 

The Paris Fire Department is asking the community to keep a local firefighter’s family and friends in their thoughts and prayers after he lost his life Sunday morning in a motorcycle accident.

The crash occurred in the 3900 block of Southeast Loop 286, Paris Interim Fire Chief Thomas McMonigle confirmed.

“This morning, Paris Fire Department responded to a single vehicle accident where unfortunately the single occupant succumbed to his injuries. The driver, Layton Slade Baker, was a firefighter with Paris Fire Department since April 2017. He was 24 years old,” McMonigle said early Sunday. “Slade was assigned to B-Shift throughout his time with the PFD. He was an excellent firefighter, always striving to better himself both professionally and as a person.

“Slade loved life and was always smiling, yet he was the first to offer help to anyone who needed it. He had a true servant’s heart. No matter whether you were lucky enough to either know Slade on a personal basis or had met him in passing, he left a lasting impression on all.”

Paris Fire Department has stationed an honor guard to remain with his body during this time, the interim chief said.

Mary Madewell is a staff writer for The Paris News. She can be reached at 903-785-6976 or at

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