Walker Co. Fire Department helping family of firefighter who passed away from breast cancer
WALKER COUNTY, GA (WRCB) -
A local firefighter who died from breast cancer was laid to rest on the first day of breast cancer awareness month. Firefighters in Walker County are helping her family including her husband, who is also a firefighter.
"I think any time you get an opportunity to show that appreciation, it's a great thing to be able to do," says Traci Reece, with the Walker County Fire Department.
Carrie Carter passed away a day after her 40th birthday. She put up a 12 year fight against breast cancer, that eventually spread to her lungs.
"She was a very loud, boisterous person. Just had one of those big personalities," says Reece.
Carrie leaves behind her husband, Tracey, of 24 years. Co-worker Traci Reece says both have volunteered their time over the past 10 years for the Walker County Fire Department and are considered family.
"I don't think people realize that even just five bucks towards this family is huge," says Reece.
Reece says the Carters do not have medical or life insurance and the family is doing its best to get by. Reece helped start a 'Go Fund Me' website to help.
"We really are going to rely on the community's support to help these folks," she says.
"Carrie was just, big hearted. She helped people out and I guess that's what I'll always remember about her was her willingness to always help people. And then, when she was sick, she still wanted to help people," says Chief Randy Camp.
Chief Camp says in the midst of her long battle, Carrie still volunteered her time with a smile on her face.
"I'll always remember that, you know? It just speaks highly of her."
He encourages others to give a little, for a woman who gave so much.
"We might call in sick from work or we might take...maybe not help out as much. But someone who's really sick and dying but yet still stands up and helps somebody, that's definitely a hero. That's the only way you can sum it up," says Camp.
Carrie was laid to rest Wednesday but the family still faces a pile of medical bills.