Fond  Farewell – Firefighters give final salute to one of their own

Firefighters from across Sevier County stand at attention as pallbearers carry the casket of Corey Loftus May 30 in Elsinore. Loftus was a volunteer firefighter and a member of Sevier County’s hazmat team.

ELSINORE — More than 20 fire engines and other emergency vehicles served as escorts during the funeral services for Corey Loftus.

Loftus was a long-time member of the Elsinore Fire Department, and even served as chief from 2015 until his passing. He was also a member of Sevier County’s hazmat team. 

Dozens of volunteer firefighters from departments all across Sevier County gave Loftus a final salute, thanking him for his years of service, as his casket was carried to his gravesite.

Loftus fought cancer — Ewing Sarcoma — for approximately a decade. The fight ended May 23. Loftus leaves behind a wife and daughter.

As the graveside ceremony concluded, Elsinore’s fire alarm rang out as the final page for the chief was made. Dispatchers thanked Corey for his generous service during some 16 years with the department. 

Time of last call, 12:51 p.m. 

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