Family and friends said goodbye to Sequoyah Volunteer Fire Chief Mike Brumlow on Monday.

The longtime fire chief died at the age of 51 on Friday after a brief battle with esophageal cancer.

Chief Brumlow received a hero’s send-off. A procession of emergency vehicles lined the streets outside of the funeral home.

Those close to him say Chief Brumlow was the kind of guy who loved helping people. He devoted his life to it, working in public service for more than 30 years.

“He was just the most genuine person and anytime we have anybody that passes away, especially from the fight of cancer in the public service world, it really affects us in a different way,” said Amy Maxwell with the Hamilton County Office of Emergency Management.

Maxwell worked closely with Chief Brumlow for many years and will remember him for his kindness.

"He was a very special and unique individual. He was not an abrasive kind of chief. He was more like a soft chief is what I refer to him as because he always had that gentle voice but he was always, always there to help,” said Maxwell.

The community was there to return the favor in May when Chief Brumlow learned he had cancer.

“It came so quickly. We really didn't have enough time to soak it in especially to his loved ones and to his fire department. It'll be a really tough road ahead but we're all here and mutual aid, we're all here to support and to help and we'll do whatever it takes to make sure that this department gets back to saving lives,” said Maxwell.

Chief Brumlow did not have health insurance.

The community has rallied behind his family to help cover medical expenses and funeral costs.

A benefit is planned for Saturday, July 7 at Saddle Pals Riding Club in Soddy-Daisy. 

Maxwell says more fundraisers are being planned.

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