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Hundreds honor fallen Hernando County firefighter Steven Terry

Posted at 6:03 PM, Oct 24, 2017

Steven Terry spent his life protecting others. On Tuesday, hundreds came together to say thank you for the sacrifice.

Last week firefighter and paramedic Steven Terry was found unresponsive while on duty at Fire Station # 9 in Hernando County.

Hernando Fire PIO Alex Lopez said, “today we held our services to say goodbye to our dear friend and colleague and all around great person.”

Steven Terry was a certainly a great person. He was a firefighter and paramedic for nearly 25 years, a first sergeant in the National Guard and dean of Wonder Book Bible Camp.

Lopez said, "and he loved his family, if anything this man truly loved his family." 

Terry’s passion was to help others. He spent his entire life doing it.

Lopez said, "he would always have a story, if anything, he’d talk a little too much, he talk your ear off." 

Terry’s story telling days may be over, but his story isn’t. It lives on through the lives he’s touched.

Leah Bates didn't know Terry but came to watch the processional.

"We’re just respectful for this soldier and first responder in our community."

Even in his death, his life touches people who never knew him like young Bradley Bates.

He said, "it's sad because he was a protector for all of us. Maybe someday I can be one too.”