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Long-time Delaware Firefighter Laid to Rest

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FELTON, Del.- Firefighters from all over Delaware gathered in Felton Saturday to say goodbye to the Rev. David Paul. Paul served fire companies in Delaware, Maryland and Pennsylvania for 60 years.

"I will miss him greatly," Donna Silvey said. "I think the fire service deserves more people like him."

As Silvey said goodbye to Paul, she remembered meeting him at her second wedding.

"The marriage didn't last but my friendship with Rev.Paul continued," she said. "He is an inspiration and he is one of my saviors."

As a 60-year veteran of several fire companies, he did it all.

"He has held many hats, many officer positions from chief to rescue ambulance, captain, you name it," said Terry Killen with the Felton fire company.

And he was there for the firefighters during the hardest times.

"There are certain situations that firefighters come across that they have trouble dealing with, he was very instrumental in helping us get through that," Killen said.

For Donna Silvey, she'll remember Reverend Paul's kind heart. Like the time he went to a breakfast she was hosting.

"Reverend Paul walked in and he said, 'Are you cooking' and I said, 'yes' and he said, 'oh my lord, help us please'. I am not the greatest cook in the world and I never claimed to be, however Rev. Paul was there and he had a hearty breakfast and he complimented the ladies," Silvey said.

Members of the firefighter community said they will feel Paul's loss for years to come.

"He'll definitely be missed, yes definitely," Marie Moore said. "He was one of a kind."

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