The streets of downtown Moundsville lay quiet Tuesday afternoon, apart from the sound of dozens of fireside engines and a bag pipe enjoying Superb Grace.
Noel Clarke was a firefighter for greater than 25 years, and spent the final 15 as Hearth Chief for the town of Moundsville.
His reminiscence was honored Tuesday with a procession following his funeral.
His fellow firefighters raised his casket onto a Moundsville hearth engine, and dozens of fireside vans and police automobiles from almost each native division handed underneath the crossed ladders to steer him to his ultimate resting place.
Those that knew him nicely say it was a becoming tribute for a person like Noel.
“You pay tribute to those that have been nice leaders in your group. It is a terrific factor, as a result of individuals have to see that. Individuals want to know how essential it’s to be an excellent citizen and assist individuals. That is what Noel Clarke did. He was an excellent citizen. He helped individuals. He was an amazing man,” stated pal Doug Pettit.
Noel was recognized with most cancers a couple of years in the past, however he placed on his uniform and went to work daily for so long as he might.
Many individuals say Noel impressed them to maintain preventing, it doesn’t matter what.
They are saying he’ll all the time be remembered as a fighter.
“He is actually the sort of man that you simply actually needed to be round. You liked to be round Noel Clarke. He is definitely going to be missed on this group. He was an excellent, nice man,” stated Pettit.
It was a pleasure to know Noel, as is clear by the quantity of people that got here out to honor him Tuesday afternoon.
Though he’s gone, his reminiscence will all the time remind the Moundsville group to stay #NoelStrong.