Loretto Fire Chief Mark Mattingly was found dead in his home Monday morning after he did not report to work at Maker's Mark.
He was 42 years old.
The cause of death has not yet been released.
"Mark was an extremely hard worker," Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly said. "He was dedicated to fire and rescue services for this county."
Chief Mattingly also worked as an EMT in Marion and Nelson counties.
Chuck Helm, the Raywick fire chief, said Chief Mattingly was one the best chiefs and best firefighters around.