EXCLUSIVE: Magee fire chief shares memories of fallen fireman

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The cold and rainy night on Sunday seemed fitting in the town of Magee, given the sad and mournful emotion felt throughout the community, since Saturday’s accident which killed 34-year-old volunteer firefighter Dustin Grubbs, while on his way to fight a structure fire.


Black ribbons are seen adorned all along the outside the Magee Fire Dept. Sunday, which department officials say pays respect to the fallen fireman and also signifies to the community just how much they are grieving for him.


We are told Dustin leaves behind his four small children and his wife.

In our exclusive interview Sunday night with Maqgee Fire Chief Lane Steele, he shares his fondest memories of the man.

“He was a jokester,” Stelle said. “He liked to have fun just like the rest of the guys. When he got into the department, he was not a standoff-ish kinda’ guy. He was the kind of person that just blended in with the rest of the guys. He had fun when it was time to have fun, but he was serious when it was time to be serious too.”

“He was a tremendous asset to this department,” he added.

Dustin is said to have lived just around one mile from the station. While enroute to the station on the structure fire call Saturday, the chief tells us that Dustin was just a half-mile away, when his vehicle left the road during a turn. He slammed into a light pole and his truck flipped over.


Crews spent most of the following day shinning the fire trucks to a pristine appearance, so that Dustin may have a fine and proper funeral on Wednesday, according to the chief.


His viewing will be Tuesday night, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Tudor Funeral Home and his funeral will begin at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Tudor Funeral Home, then to the First Baptist Church and will be followed by formal procession, fitting for a hero.

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