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Family, Friends Gather At Funeral Of Fallen Wilmington Firefighter, Lt. Christopher Leach


WILMINGTON AT FUNERAL SERVICES FOR LIEUTENANT CHRISTOPHER LEACH, HI THERE, CLEVE. REPORTER: GOOD AFTERNOON, THE SERVICES JUST BEGINS, YOU CAN SEE PEOPLE BEHIND ME ARE ONES THAT COULD NOT FIT INSIDE SAINT ELIZABETH CHURCH. THERE ARE HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE HERE, FRIEND, FAMILY, COLLOGUES, SAYING GOOD BYE TO LIEUTENANT CHRISTOPHER LEACH. LITTLE HYLE EARLIER, THE VIEWING STARTED ABOUT 10:00 O’CLOCK. WE SAW THAT LIEUTENANT LEACH CASKET LOWERED OFF OF A FIRE TRUCK, BROUGHT INTO THE CHURCH, LIEUTENANT LEACH AND SENIOR FOR FIGHTER JERRY FICKES WERE BOTH KILLED LAST SATURDAY, DURING A HOUSE FIRE THAN LAKE VIEW ROAD THIS WILMINGTON. THERE WAS A COLLAPSE, DURING THE FIRE, LIEUTENANT LEACH, FELL DOWN INTO THE BASEMENT AREA, OFFICIALS SAY, THAT THE SENIOR FIRE FIGHTER JERRY FICKES DIED TRYING TO SAVE HIS FRIEND. THERE WAS ALSO TWO FIRE FIGHTERS THAT WERE BADLY INJURED, SEVERAL OTHERS, WITH LESSER INJURIES, AND THE FUNERAL SERVICES ARE PRIVATE, WE ARE NOT ABLE TO ACTUALLY GO INSIDE BUT THEY DID ALLOW ONE CAMERA WHICH WE WILL LOOK AT IN A LITTLE WHILE. WE DID SPEAK WITH ONE OF THE CLOSE FRIEND, AND COLLOGUES OF LIEUTENANT. AND, FROM THAT DAY THAT WE MET HIM, HE IS THAT KIND OF GUY, HE MOVED YOU AND JUST WANT TO BE AROUND HIM. HE IS LIEUTENANT, THAT HE IS WANT TO WORK FOR. CHRIS IS A PRANKSTER, WE ENJOYED, FIRE FIGHTERS, ALWAYS ENJOYED PRANKS AND CHRIS WAS ONE OF THE BEST AT PRANKS. HIS NICKNAME WAS DANGER SO YOU DIDN’T WANT TO TURN YOUR BACK ON HIM. IT WASN’T DANGER IN THE SENSE OF DANGER YOU ARE SCARED OF OR AFRAID OF HIM BECAUSE YOU KNEW SOMETHING WAS COMING. WOW GET YOU, AND THEN LAUGHED TOGETHER. REPORTER: LIVE LOOK INSIDE THE FAMILY IS ALLOWING A CAMERA INSIDE FOR TO US DOCUMENT THIS FUNERAL, THERE WILL BE A PUBLIC SERVICE MEMORIAL SERVICE, TOMORROW, WHICH IS AT THE CHASE CENTER, FOR BOTH LIEUTENANT LEACH, AND FOR SENIOR FIRE FIGHTER, JERRY FICKES. LIVE FROM WILMINGTON, I’M CLEVE BRYAN, CBS-3 “EYEWITNESS NEWS”. SO HEART BREAKING CLEVE, THANK YOU. SENIOR FIRE FIGHTERS JERRY FICKES WAS REMEMBERED AT A VIEWING. FAMILY AND FRIEND PAID THEIR RESPECTS AT GREAT LUTHERAN CHURCH IN HOCKESSIN. THERE WILL BE A SECOND FIRE FIGHTER FROM TWO TO 4:00 THIS HAVE AFTERNOON, A PRIVATE FUNERAL WILL FOLLOW. JOINT MEMORIAL SERVICES FOR BOTH FIRE FIGHTERS IS

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