Community remembers fallen Savannah firefighter

POOLER, Ga. – Family, friend, neighbors, and coworkers still in shock after losing “the best of the best.”

Master Fireman Michael Curry served with the Savannah Fire Department for more than a decade but those who knew him best respected and loved him for more than just his uniform.

“He loved to help people and being a firefighter was the perfect position for him because he was a servant,” neighbor Mickey Minick said.

Curry died Saturday of a medical episode while rescuing those who had fallen into the Savannah River after a dock collapsed.

“He died like he lived. I mean he died helping people out of the water from the river and that’s how he lived everyday,” Minick said.

“Mike,” as he is more fondly referred to as, is being remembered for serving his community and his family. Whether serving in Children’s Church, leading his 8 year-old son, Cole’s, Cub Scout troop or helping out a stranger in need, Curry was there to lend a hand.

“People say he’d give you the shirt off your back,” Curry’s pastor Stephen McAliley said, “Well, Mike would. Particularly when it came to children. He was that kind of guy.”

Funeral arrangements have yet to be made. WSAV will bring you more updates as they become available.

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