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Kinard Community Mourns The Loss Of Teenage Volunteer Firefighter

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A small Calhoun County community is still trying to cope with the death of one of their own.

"It was just another call until I pulled up on scene and saw who it was," said Jody Daniels, a Firefighter and Paramedic with the Kinard Volunteer Fire Department.

At the scene was Ryan Flowers, 17, whose truck collided with a semi-trailer Tuesday morning.

"I was one of the first ones to him and it was the hardest call I'd ever have to run in my life," said Daniels.

Ryan and Daniels were best friends who shared countless memories.

"He was like my little brother," said Daniels. "I don't have a little brother but if I had one, that was him."

They both also shared a passion for helping people.

"Most kids his age you don't find has the knack that he did as far as being able to help somebody and wanting to help somebody," said Daniels.

Ryan joined the junior firefighter program when he was 10 years old and has become one of the department's very own.

"He was as good as they come," said Chief Doyle Daniels. "He was very devoted not only to the department, but to the community."

At the young age of 17, Ryan leaves behind a legacy.

"I've got a baby on the way," said Daniels. "I hope when he's 17 years old, he turns out to be just like him. I really do."

A legacy this brotherhood of firemen are still trying to understand as to why it ended so soon.

"Ryan was a remarkable young man," said Chief Daniels. "He's gonna be missed, but we love him and we know he's in a better place."

Ryan planned to attend fire school once he turned 18 and then planned to take courses to become a Paramedic. Jody Daniels sayRyan planned to stay a part of the Kinard Fire Department, but also had a dream to become a Life-Flight Medic.

Ryan will be given a Firemen's Farewell funeral this Saturday in Blountstown.