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Huntingdon County EMT and firefighter remembered

By: Lauren Hensley

MOUNT UNION, Pa.--- Emergency responders from Huntingdon County are mourning the loss of one of their own. He was well known to the community as a firefighter, EMT and Boy Scout leader. It was an emotional day in Mount Union as dozens gathered to remember Fred McClain. He was a retired school teacher, Boy Scout leader, firefighter and well-known EMS instructor. He suddenly passed away last week.

"Fred taught me in my first responders class back 38 years ago and he taught time," Timothy Skipper said. "He was a great instructor."

Local fire departments came from miles away to pay their respects. Their emergency service vehicles were dressed in black and lined the streets. Two fire trucks even hoisted an American flag in the middle of the town to honor McClain.

"He will be remembered (as) a good guy and a good instructor; everyone talked about how good of an instructor he was," Skipper said. "Everyone really liked Fred, he was just an all-around good guy.

Skipper said the emergency service community is like a family and that family is feeling the loss of one of its leaders.

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Edgar Snyder

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