Community remembers firefighter

By Marcus Conroy | 

A firefighter is laid to rest in Letcher County.

52 year-old Jerry Eversole died Saturday of brain cancer. On Tuesday afternoon, he was honored and remembered for his years of service to the community.

John Amburgey says the Letcher Fire and Rescue team is a brotherhood. On Saturday, the department lost one of their own.

"Jerry was my best friend, he was my brother. We hung out all the time," said Amburgey.

Friends say Eversole always had a smile on his face and was well-known in the area.

"He was out in the community there at the BP or the IGA here. This is a small community, so everybody knows everybody," said Kevin Adams.

Eversole was diagnosed just more than a month ago with cancer, and Adams says his sudden death surprised many.

"We thought we had longer than we did, but then he was gone. It was still hasn't really sunk in," said Adams.

More than 30 emergency vehicles from across the county drove through Isom to honor Eversole. Even though he is gone, he will be remembered for his years of service to the people of Letcher County.

"He was one of the best we had, he devoted his whole life to it," said Amburgey.

"Jerry would've done anything for anybody. He was just one of those people," said Adams.

Amburgey says this is a difficult day for him, and braved the rain as he held up one last salute for Eversole.

Just one month ago, the Letcher Fire and Rescue team painted one of its new ambulances pink to support the fight against cancer.

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