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Ryan Flowers Receives A Fireman's Farewell

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Blountstown -

Hearts are heavy in Calhoun County on Saturday and it's raining for more reasons than one as a community says goodbye to one of their own.

Kinard resident and volunteer firefighter, Ryan Flowers, 17, died Tuesday morning when his car collided with a semi while he was on his way to school.

All agreed there was no other way to say goodbye to Ryan than with a Fireman's Farewell funeral.

It's a tribute Kinard Fire Volunteer Department Chief, Doyle Daniels, says is a first for the county.

On Saturday, nearly 20 fire departments from counties throughout the Florida panhandle rode in a funeral procession to the church as an AirHeart helicopter from Marianna flew overhead.

It was Ryan's dream to become a Life-Flight medic.

After the service inside the First Baptist Church, a tone was played and multiple calls for Ryan could be heard over a loudspeaker.

The fact that there was no response was a chilling reminder that a young firefighter had fallen.