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Fallen Firefighter Honored

Hundreds of people came to show their support for the family of a fallen firefighter who died in a car accident in Transylvania county last week.  18-year-old Neil Gilbert died Friday morning when his car went off the road and struck a tree on his way to work.

An overflow crowd filled Anchor Baptist Church in Pisgah Forest for the funeral where a friend and pastor recalled Gilbert's passion to be a firefighter saying, "he had a desire to help others more than himself."

Fire departments from across the region joined a long procession of fire trucks and other emergency vehicles.  Two ladder trucks suspended a large American flag over Highway 64 in Horse Shoe to pay tribute to Gilbert.   The aspiring paramedic began volunteering at the Eowah/Horse Shoe fire department at the age of 15 as a junior firefighter and was elevated to senior status in September on his 18th birthday.

By Frank Fraboni

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