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St. David volunteer firefighter laid to rest

Posted at 2:47 PM, Oct 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-28 13:31:21-04

The Saint David firefighter who died during a training exercise last week was laid to rest Saturday.

36-year-old Joshua Eugin was remembered by family, friends, and colleagues today at his funeral. Men and women in uniform came from surrounding fire departments and districts to show support. His fiance, who he was to marry next month, held his ashes as she walked in.

"Josh was always free-spirited and fun, while being supportive and protective. Josh made it very easy for me to fall in love with him. He was my best friend and soulmate," said Bowen.

Eugin was the first in the line of duty death for the St. David Fire District. He collapsed last week after training in a "blackout drill," and died of a cardiac arrest. He had been with the volunteer department for six months.

"His time with the fire department, though brief, was one of the most important to him. Josh always wanted to be a firefighter. He studied extensively in his free time . Showed up to every call punctually and devoted his life to the fire department. He was proud to be an integral part of a team," said Bowen.

After his eulogy, the St. David Fire District read "The Firemen's Prayer" and rang the bell that symbolized Eugin's final calling to watch over his family: his fiance, daughter, sister, and father.