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8/7/2007-Smith Co.

Remembering A Fallen Hero

He was a son, a brother, a friend, and to East Texas a brave firefighter.

Tuesday afternoon East Texas said farewell to a man who gave his life to protect our community.

Volunteer firefighter 19 year old Austin Cheek died Friday fighting an early morning house fire in Flint.

Tuesday firefighters, friends, and family came together to celebrate Austin Cheek's life, and to pay their final respects to a man loved by so many.

"Austin packed a lot of living into his 19 years. Austin was the kind of guy that didn't matter what mood you were in, he'd put a smile on your face," said one of Austin's friends.

"Every time somebody would mention Noonday Fire Department, he would smile and a sparkle would come in his eyes," said Pastor Tony Wilbanks.

"He closed his eyes in a sin ravaged world and immediately opened them back up and saw the face of his savior. Just like that. No pain, no place to suffer. He was immediately with God," said Pastor Wilbanks.

To close the service, the "Hometown Hero Song" was sung.  The chorus reads, "Some heroes don't come back. They give up their lives in the act. Some heroes don't back."

We wanted to remind you of several tragedy funds set up for the fallen firefighters. You can make donations at all Austin Bank location and all Southside Bank locations.  Donations are also accepted at First State Bank locations in Frankston, Noonday and Palestine.

Danielle Capper, Reporting.


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