Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Friends and family travelled to South Carolina's firefighting training academy for a ceremony Wednesday honoring a man who served his community.
The mood was somber, slow, and passionate as they all came together given an emotional goodbye once more to Chief David Crenshaw.
Crenshaw served his community for over 50 years. He started for the city of Pendleton as a volunteer firefighter in 1962 at the age of fourteen.
"He was kind of a father figure, sometimes, to me," said Frank Crenshaw, Chief Crenshaw's brother.
Crenshaw died last year while responding to a car crash after returning to the job from retirement.His brother Frank said his sudden passing is still tough to deal with.
"Well it's just a hard thing to get used to, him not being there. He was always there to guide us and lead us along," Crenshaw said.
Chief Bobby Puritt was there the day he died.
"I found him," Puritt said. "He suffered a heart attack and had fallen."
"He was pretty well-known everywhere he went," Puritt said. "And if you didn't know him when you got there, you would know him before you left. And he never forgot a name. And that's just a trait that he had and will be missed. You can't replace that."
His brother said he thinks about him every day.
"Not a day goes by, hardly, that I don't think of something I'd like to compare notes with him on, or ask him," Frank Crenshaw said.