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Firefighter Dies Following Motorcycle Crash

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by Adam Ghassemi

VANLEER, Tenn. - There's a chance you've never been to Vanleer, but when you roll into town people at the elementary school, post office and most importantly fire hall want you to know something's different.

Vanleer Volunteer Fire Department Chief Scotty Ingham has always known there's always a chance someone from his department wouldn't come home from a call, but he never thought they'd be answering them without 28-year-old Alan Faircloth grabbing his gear.

"We didn't expect it," said Ingham. "There's going to be times that you're going to look over. You're going to miss him."

Last Wednesday night, Faircloth was out on his motorcycle with his wife, Alyssa, when a deer suddenly ran out in front of them on Highway 235.

The crash sent both to the hospital. Alyssa pulled through, but suddenly Monday night Alan passed away because of his head injuries.

Chris Waychoff with the Dickson Fire Department couldn't believe his best friend didn't make it. Many people from both departments were already planning a celebration for when Faircloth would be released from the hospital and return home.

"He was a strong person. He was in good shape. He was young. I really thought that he had all the… all the goods to his side," Waychoff said Tuesday.

Faircloth recently went to nursing school, but has been working or volunteering as a firefighter since he was 15.

"There was never any 'oh, I hurt' or anything of that nature. It was all about helping someone," Ingham said. "A great friend, a loving husband and he was an awesome firefighter."

Faircloth's family is making funeral arrangements.


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