BURKE COUNTY, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - A somber ceremony brought a fallen firefighter back home to Burke County Tuesday.
“It hurt my heart, it breaks my heart because it's not fair for people to die like this out doing something in our community it's not fair,” said one local woman.
People in Burke County were emotional as they watched the processional for firefighter Jason Hensley, who was hit and killed by a suspected intoxicated driver, while he was cleaning up storm debris on Hwy 70 Monday morning..
Fire trucks left Morganton around noon on Tuesday and returned hours later from Winston-Salem, carrying the fallen firefighter's body.
“He wasn't concerned about nothing but doing what he could do to help community he's always been that way I've known him for quite a few years.”
Hensley was on duty with the Triple Community Fire Department clearing a tree that fell during the storms when he was hit by the car.
The man who hit Hensley with his pickup truck was high on drugs, according to troopers.
“Humble quiet loving young man and we all loved him he was a wonderful guy. It saddens me that this tragedy happened and it was a great loss to our community.”
Firefighter Hensley's family will have a visitation Thursday night at Heritage Funeral Home. Hensley's funeral will be Friday at First Baptist Church of Drexel.