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Video: Family, friends gather to remember fallen Tenn. firefighter

Memphis Lieutenant Jeffrey Norman died after becoming trapped while fighting a house fire


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By Bill Carey

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Family, friends and Memphis firefighters gathered to say farewell to Memphis Fire Department Lieutenant Jeffrey Norman on Wednesday.

Lt. Norman was killed while fighting a house fire on July 19. Officials said a dumpster was intentionally set on fire and spread to a home, WREG reported. Norman and three other firefighters were trapped inside the house during fireground operations. The three firefighters were also injured.

“The pain may seem insurmountable now. I want you to know that Jeff’s legacy will live in our hearts as an example of what it means to be a Memphis firefighter and a true hero,” Memphis Fire Chief Gina Sweat said during the service at Bellevue Baptist Church.

Norman joined Memphis Fire Department in 2002. He had earlier served in the Tennessee Air National Guard for 28 years and served multiple tours overseas, Action News 5 reported.

The Memphis Firefighter’s Association is contributing $5,000 towards reward money for information leading to the arrest of the suspected arsonist.

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