Community remembers loved Avoca firefighter

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BRISTOL, Tenn. (WJHL)– The Avoca Community is mourning the loss of a volunteer fire department assistant chief who died of cancer earlier this week.

Sunday March 13th friends, family, and multiple fire agencies poured into Avoca Christian church for his funeral.

48-year-old Michael “Moe” Morrell was the assistant fire chief for 24 years, and passed away after his battle with brain cancer.

Avoca Fire Chief David Taylor said Morrell was the glue that held the fire department together.

“He’s going to be greatly missed,” said Taylor. “We’re going to carry on. We’re going to honor his memory, and were going to get right back on that truck and do our job, which is what he would have wanted us to do. We’re going to hold our heads high, and we’re going to honor him. His memory will never go away.”

Morrell’s number, 42 will be retired and will never be used again at the Avoca Fire Department.

Chief Taylor wanted to extend a huge thanks to everyone for the outpouring of love and support.

The fire department told us an event to raise money to help pay Morrell’s medical bills will go on as planned March 19th.

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