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N.C. firefighter who served 30-plus years dies from COVID-19

“Our department has lost a great man,” Gumtree Fire & Rescue shared about Firefighter Gary Butner


By FireRescue1 staff

FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — A longtime Gumtree Fire & Rescue firefighter has died from COVID-19.

Gary Butner, 55, died Saturday after battling COVID-19 for several weeks.

Butner had served as a firefighter for more than 30 years.

“Our department has lost a great man due to COVID,” Gumtree Fire & Rescue posted. “Gary Butner was such an asset to the community and our department. You will be missed my friend. God speed.”

A funeral for Butner is scheduled for March 4.