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Upshur County EMS Workers Honor Fallen First Responder/Firefighter
Written by Erin MacPherson
Last updated on February 04, 2014 @ 7:32AM
Created on February 03, 2014 @ 6:34PM

Three people were killed and three others were taken to Ruby after two towers collapsed in Summit Park over the weekend. One of those men was 28-year-old Michael Garrett. 5 News talked to his friend at Upshur County EMS and here's what they had to say.

"I've never lost a brother. That's probably the hardest thing I've ever done is lose a fellow firemen, a fellow care provider. Mikey came in my life and left all too quickly," said Cody Joe, Co-worker and friend. 

"Everybody says people are irreplaceable, but he's truly an irreplaceable person," said Andy Nelson, Co-worker and friend. 

Michael Garrett's friends describe him as irreplaceable for many reasons. 

"We became fast friends. He was one that was very easy to get along with and talk to," said Nelson. 

"He really became a big part of me and Andy. He was just like us. He was easy to get along with," said Joe. 

"We loved working with him. He was an amazing provider. He put 110% into every patient that he took care of. He's going to leave a huge whole in the public safety community. He not only was a fireman, he was an EMT intermediate, he was an instructor for RESA, and he always made everything fun even the most boring of subjects," said Nelson. 

According to his friends he gave 100% everyday and he could light up a room without even trying. 

"Friday night he came to work, it wasn't even his shift. He came in by mistake. He walked out that door and the last thing he did was smile. I know that day he got out of that truck he had a smile on his face. That's how he went. He went with a smile," said Joe.

"He had an infectious smile. He would walk into a room and everybody would go from being angry or upset to everything was alright and happy," said Nelson. 

"That's how people need to remember him. He was happy, he loved life, he was a fireman until the end, and he died a hero. He's my hero," said Joe.  

Joe told 5 News Garrett gave him a special stethoscope just days ago and he'll use it to give the same care to people as he did every day.


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