CONOVER, NC (WJZY) - Captain Bradley Steven Long touched many lives.
Christie Burgess said she met Captain Long when she took her son to the fire department. “It was actually Bradley that stepped out of the fire truck and handed this hat to Kourben," she said.
Many of those touched by the young hero were part of the Sherrills Ford-Terrell Fire & Rescue Department and the Newton Fire Department. They both played a major part in bringing Captain Long's body back home from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem.
Local Firefighters and EMT saying a prayer before the procession pic.twitter.com/cSpbOY767f— Brian Christiansen (@BrianFox46) June 8, 2016
Long lost his life trying to recover the body of a missing swimmer in the hopes he'd be able to give the man's family some closure. Now, it's the community that's trying to provide comfort to Long's family.
Bridges along Interstate-40 lined with people wanting to pay their respects. Various fire departments were posted up and down the procession route with flags raised in his honor.
Butch Danforth told FOX 46 Charlotte that his son worked with Captain Long. "The whole community is tore up. The Sherrills Ford-Terrell Fire Department and Newton, were he's working now. They are just tore up," said Danforth
Those who knew him remember Long as dedicated and always eager to lend a hand.
“Would have done anything for anybody, he would go into burning building, whatever it took he was saving someone,” Danforth said.
While those who never met him came to show their support to those in mourning after simply hearing the type of person he was.
“It's men like Bradley that volunteer and get involved and volunteer with fire departments and help with their neighbors…that's what makes this town work so well….those are the people who save our lives. We need to support them,” Alan Dockery said.
A service to celebrate Captain Long’s life and service to his community will be held on Saturday, June 11, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at Mt. View Baptist Church in Maiden. Rev. Raymond Hamrick and life‐long friend, Mr. Patrick Lowman will officiate.
A private burial will follow the service. The family will receive friends on Friday, June 10 from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Mt. View Baptist Church. To read Captain Long's obituary in full, CLICK HERE.