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Local fireman honored with fire truck processional

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Jennifer Elliot, center, wife of Donnie Elliot, a firefighter who was tragically killed in a May 4 accident, looks on as Gene Moore speaks of her husband and his duties with other members of the fire department before a ceremonial processional of fire trucks in Elliot's honor on May14. Hardy Police Chief Ernie Rose looks on. Photo/Tammy Curtis [Order this photo]
The mood was somber as a large group gathered May 14 to show respect for a fallen firefighter.

Donnie Elliot was killed May 4 in a tragic motor vehicle accident at Highland. Elliot was the assistant fire chief at Nine Mile Ridge Fire Department.

Fire trucks and police officers gathered at the A.L. Hutson Activity Center May 14 to begin a processional of fire trucks to Hardy, which passed Elliot's home. Also present was his wife, Jennifer, who was injured in the accident. Still in her neck brace, tears streamed down her face as she witnessed the community's outpouring of support for her late husband.

A short service and prayer from Gene Moore, Sharp County Officer of Emergency Services Coordinator, preceded the processional of colorful fire trucks from Sharp County's fire departments. A member of the Highland High School Band also honored Elliot with Taps before everyone entered their vehicles for the parade in his honor.

Just hours after his tragic death, the organ donor center called requesting Elliot's eyes for two different people, one last way Elliot touched his community.

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