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Vanleer holds benefit for family of firefighter killed in crash

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A firefighter who lost his life in a tragic crash is getting support from the neighbors he served.

Last month, Vanleer Assistant Fire Chief Alan Faircloth and wife Alyssa were riding in Dickson County when their motorcycle hit a deer. Alyssa Faircloth was injured in the crash, but Alan Faircloth died from his injuries. Both were wearing helmets at the time of the crash.

"Alan had health insurance, but it didn't cover his [medical airlift] bill, which went over $14,000," said Mike Hodges. "Alyssa, she's 24-years-old. I wouldn't think anyone at 24 would know how to deal with that. We're just trying to get his bills all squared up so she can move on with life."

To help, the community put on a benefit in Alan's name Saturday night.

"Nobody's keeping a dime," said Hodges. "One hundred percent is going to Alyssa and his family to pay his bills."

While selling dinners and setting up auctions, the Vanleer Fire Department was still full of laughter as the stories flew about 'Big Al.'

"We got a dart board," laughed Vanleer Fire Chief Scotty Ingham. "After two or three weeks of us staying up until 3 in the morning, my wife came in and took the dart board away from us and told us we weren't allowed to play anymore."

"We're a real tight-knit community out here," Hodges added. "If someone needs help,  they won't have to ask. People will just dive in. We're shooting for the moon. We'll settle for the stars."

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