Processional to honor North Carolina fire chief

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Local law enforcement and fire officials are going to be holding a processional to honor one of their own who died following a skiing accident in Nelson County.

A memorial processional will take place Tuesday afternoon to honor Atlantic Beach Fire Chief Adam Snyder.

Snyder died Monday of injuries sustained in a skiing accident Saturday at Wintergreen Resort.

He will be returning to North Carolina on Tuesday in an Atlantic Beach Fire Department ambulance.

The Virginia State Police will be providing an escort from the University of Virginia Health System to the Virginia-North Carolina state line.

The procession is expected to leave the UVA hospital around 1 p.m. with VSP troopers in the lead.

It will head down Fifth Street to Interstate 64 eastbound and then to Interstate 95 southbound.

The procession will include emergency vehicles from the Atlantic Beach Fire Department, and fire/rescue apparatus from across the state will be posted at various locations along this route to salute Snyder's years of service.

Scroll down to read a statement from Snyder's family:

Today we said goodbye to a very special person in our lives. Adam was a wonderful and loving, husband, father, brother, son, friend, mentor and a dedicated, lifelong public servant.

Adam served with distinction in the Marine Corps as a rescue swimmer, before working as a lifeguard eventually earning his paramedic license and joining the Atlantic Beach Fire Department. He absolutely loved being a firefighter paramedic, where he's spent the last 20 years serving his community (15 of those as Chief).

Adam left us physically today, but as he left he performed one final act of selfless service. Adam was an organ donor. Today he donated the ultimate gift, giving of himself so that others may live. There is no greater act of nobility and love that one can give than to serve and save another. He truly was a lifelong public servant.

Adam and his legacy of service will live in our hearts forever. Our family truly appreciates all the prayers and kind messages you have shared with us. The Charlottesville Fire Department, the Virginia State Police, North Carolina State Highway Patrol, Morehead City Fire-EMS and the Atlantic Beach Fire Department along with the staff of UVA Medical Center have been amazing. They have stood with us since the moment we arrived. We will be forever indebted for the kindness, compassion, strength and love they've shown us.

Later tomorrow (Tuesday) we will bring Adam home. Final arrangements are incomplete now, we ask that you give our family and our community time to grieve. We also respectfully request that all inquiries and contact go through our family liaison member or our assigned public information officer.

Thank you



 
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