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Two New Orleans firefighters are laid to rest

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Chalmette, La. - Hundreds of people packed the St. Bernard Memorial Funeral Home to bid a farewell to two firefighters.

"It's such a tribute to have young men with six and three years on the job. And you see a turnout like this, you would have thought these folks had 25 or 30 years on the job," says NOFD Supt. Tim McConnell.

New Orleans firefighters Tommy Ashby, 28, and Scott Blanchard, 27, grew up together in St. Bernard Parish. They're described as best friends.

"They just loved each other. When you saw one, you saw the other," says Russell Prats.

Early Sunday morning, the off-duty firefighters were involved in a single-vehicle accident. Their pick-up truck ran off Highway 90 and struck a tree in Long Beach, Mississippi. Ashby was behind the wheel while Blanchard was the front seat passenger.

Blanchard was engaged to be married. Ashby leaves behind a small child and pregnant wife.

"Tommy loved life. He was the life of the party. There's nothing bad to say about him," says Prats.

Chief McConnell says it's clear both men were meant to be firefighters, serving their community with dignity and honor. "You could see it was in them. That's what they wanted to do," he says.

Family members and their fellow brothers of the NOFD say these two best friends will always be remembered as dedicated firemen who touched the lives of so many.

Donations for the families of both men can be made at any Chase Bank.

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