AUDIO: Firefighter Tim McClanhan is laid to rest and honored by hundreds of first responders
By Robert Petree

Updated Monday, July 18, 2016 - 1:54pm

The funeral service lasted just over an hour, eulogy's were read by McClanahan's best friend, son, and two brother's, (Photo by: Delaware 1059's Rob Petree).
Emotions were high for Sussex County Sunday, as Tim McClanahan, the firefighter who died after falling from a helicopter during a training exercise, was laid to rest.

Delaware 1059's Rob Petree has more...

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Tim McClanahan was outgoing, thoughtful, courageous, and brave.

These were all words used by family, friends, and fellow first responders, who came to pay their respects and remember the man who laid his life on the line doing what he loved.

The funeral service lasted just over an hour, eulogy's were read by McClanahan's best friend, son, and two brother's.



Public Information Officer for the Lewes Fire Department Glenn Marshall explains just how much McClanahan's death impacted the state of Delaware and the surrounding area's.

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"We had departments from all over the eastern seaboard come and pay their final respects to Tim, as well as dignitaries from throughout the state, to include the Governor."

Marshall went on to explain that when a firefighter dies in the line of duty the brotherhood of the fire service is tested.

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"The brotherhood of a fire service is really tested when we lose any of our members, but especially when we have one lost in the line of duty death, which is how we lost Tim. He was training with the Delaware air rescue team when he took the fatal fall out of the helicopter, and that brings a different light of the dangers of first responders."

Hundreds of first responders came to pay their respects to McClanahan from all across the eastern seaboard, including Ron Marvel from the Delaware State Fire Prevention commission.

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"These are the guys that protect you 24 hours a day 7 days a week, under any circumstance, they don't ask for compensation, all they ask is that you give them the training and equipment to work with, and of course when our tragic accident happen here that's what they were doing."

Private services will take place at a later date for the family of Tim McClanahan.



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