Fellow firefighters carrying Cpt. David Heath's casket off a fire truck at his funeral.
Captain David Heath died from a heart attack while participating in training.
NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Hundreds of people poured into Port City Community Church Saturday to say goodbye to Captain David Heath.
Heath died from a heart attack while participating in a training exercise earlier in the week. He was 48 years old and a ten year veteran with the New Hanover County Fire Department.
He was part of the training division and helped with professional development, which is what his colleagues said he was doing the day he passed away.
The funeral for Captain Heath started with fellow firefighters carrying his casket off a fire truck, as dozens of firefighters from around the state stood in the rain to show their respect.
Inside the church, those who worked with Captain Heath on a daily basis talked about the legacy he left with the New Hanover County Fire Department as someone who trained new firefighters.
"The impacts David had on our department will be here for years and generations to come," said Chief Donnie Hall with New Hanover County Fire Rescue. "The things he's done for our community, he truly has made a big difference in New Hanover County and safer place for all of us to live."
"I was actually the one who hired David," said Chief Deputy Matt Davis. "I saw his enthusiasm and passion towards his honor towards his fire service in the community. He loved his church here and loved being part of the community."
During Captain Heath's funeral, his brother Will Heath spoke and reminded people not to take loved ones for granted.
Before Captain Heath passed away, he had earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Mount Olive College. His major was management and organization. A representative from the college was on hand and gave his parents a copy of his degree.
"Our thoughts and prayers do go out to David's family," said Chief Deputy Davis. "We've lost a brother, but they've lost a brother and a son. Our prayers are certainly with David's family and we'll be there for them."