Memorial procession for North Carolina fire chief starts in Charlottesville

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- A memorial procession that started in Charlottesville led a fallen fire chief back to his home state of North Carolina on Tuesday.

Atlantic Beach Fire Chief Adam Snyder died after a skiing accident at Wintergreen Resort over the weekend.

The Virginia State Police escorted his body from the University of Virginia Health System, where he had his organs donated, to the Virginia-North Carolina state line.

Police closed off roads throughout Charlottesville so the procession could make its way to Interstate 64.

Members of the Charlottesville Department of Fire/Rescue saluted Snyder under an American flag as the procession passed them on Ridge Street.

Charlottesville Fire Captain Timmy Cersley said it was an honor to give this tribute to a fallen brother.

"We made contact with their fire department and set up hotel, lodging, anything they needed. We set up bunks here so their guys could sleep here if they needed to. It's just a part of the tradition and the service to honor a fallen brother and make sure that he's not left alone, that the family is not left alone and that we guide them all the way back home," Cersley said.

The procession included emergency vehicles from Atlantic Beach Fire Department and fire/rescue vehicles from across Virginia.

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