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Hundreds gather for fallen firefighter's funeral

Monday, February 17, 2014 - 00:58

Feb. 17 - Hundreds of emergency workers, friends and family attend firefighter William Scott Tanksley's funeral, who died while responding to a crash on an icy overpass. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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Hundreds of people from across the country gather in Dallas to pay their respects to a fallen firefighter. William Scott Tanksley died last week while he and other firefighters responded to a crash on an icy overpass. Tanksley fell 50 feet from the overpass onto the road below. A long-time friend spoke of the loss: (SOUNDBITE) (English) LONG-TIME FRIEND, GARY FREEMAN, SAYING: "Scott was a great man. He was a good-looking guy, he was the athletic guy, he was a smart guy... he could do it all. But he did it all in humility." The large crowd, estimated to be more than 2000 people, spilled into the auditorium. (SOUNDBITE) (English) TYLER FIRE DEPARTMENT CHIEF TIME JOHNSON, SAYING: "Thank you for your presence here today. You won't be seen maybe, but your presence is certainly felt." Tanksley had been serving as a firefighter for 14 years. He leaves behind a wife and three children.

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Hundreds gather for fallen firefighter's funeral

Monday, February 17, 2014 - 00:58