Thousands mourn as local fire fighter loses his battle with cancer

LESLIE (WILX)- A local community mourns as a fallen firefighter loses his battle against cancer. Assistant Fire Chief for the Leslie Fire Department Scott Dunsmore passed away of pancreatic cancer early January, he was 45 years-old. He left behind a wife, 3 children and a community that was his family as well.

The Leslie Fire Department, along with 25 other departments joined together Saturday morning for a procession, carrying Dunsmore to his final resting place on one last firetruck ride.

"You could call it a funeral, but essentially it's a family reunion," said long time friend and co-worker Don Kidd.

Many people who personally knew Dunsmore lined the street to watch the procession.

"You have hundreds of people here and you don't realize he was a part of all of their lives in some way, shape or form. Whether it was a dad, leader, or a hand on the side of the road helping you out, he was always someone that was there," said Ashley Hughes. Dunsmore was Hughes 4-H leader.

Relatives say the family holding up as well as they can.

"Just a heavy heart for everyone involved," said cousin Karyn Blood.

All who attended the funeral, his preschool teacher, his middle school football coach, and co-workers, had good memories to share.

"He was caring and dedicated to the fire service," said Kidd.

"He was an all around family guy. You could always talk to him, but he was still that stern dad that kept things in line," said Hughes.

Thousands of people filled the Leslie High School gym for the funeral to say goodbye to a man that always had a helping hand.

"You'll be greatly missed," said Kidd.

There will be a fundraiser for the family January 19th at 5 pm in the Leslie High School. If you are unable to attend, but would still like to help donations may be made to the Scott and Darcie Dunsmore benefit fund at Independent Bank in Leslie or Mason.

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