WINONA (KLTV) - Winona volunteer firefighter George Douglass Nolan died Friday night when his car hit a tree, pinning him inside, then caught fire.
It's a scene any firefighter dreads to walk up to, especially when the man trapped inside the burning vehicle is one of their own.
"It's just tough to watch someone go out like that, he didn't deserve that, and it's tough," says Winona Fire Chief, Nelson Brumley.
Doug Nolan and Brumley have been friends for over thirty years. "I just walked away for a little bit, went and sat down on the truck, just going to miss him," says Brumley.
He added, "He always had that smile, that goofy laugh, it was infectious, he could laugh about anything. He was just one of them kind of guys, one I'm really going to miss."
"There's a bond, unspoken unbroken bond that's there, that's linked, there's always something there in your background in your mind you think, He's there, no matter what happens you can count on him," says childhood friend David Hiett.
Doug was a hardworking rose farmer, plower, volunteer firefighter, and had two children and two grandsons.