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Smith Co. fire marshal passes away Thursday morning

Jim Seaton in an earlier interview with KLTV (Source: File) Jim Seaton in an earlier interview with KLTV (Source: File)
TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Smith County Fire Marshal Jim Seaton passed away Thursday morning after a battle with cancer.

Seaton worked for the county for 27 years, the last 14 as fire marshal. His colleagues say working with him was like working with a friend. Seaton was a man who only had to be asked once, and it would be taken care of.

He had one round of chemotherapy, but the cancer returned. He wouldn't give up without a fight and continued working until just a few days before he died.

"You won't find a more dedicated public servant anywhere. He could not separate personal from professional because he was on call 24-7, but he did that so well. He juggled those responsibilities so well. He is going to be sorely missed. I don't think there is anybody that could ever fill his shoes," Smith County Judge Joel Baker said.

Jim Seaton also served as Smith County Emergency Management Coordinator under Baker. The judge says he never had to worry about anything Seaton was involved in.

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