Memorial services held for W.Va. Division of Forestry worker
FAYETTE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) - Memorial services for a West Virginia Division of Forestry worker who died while helping with a forest fire response near Montgomery took place Wednesday.
Cody J. Mullens, 28, of Mount Hope, was fatally injured by a falling tree while fighting the fire, officials said.
The incident happened at Armstrong Creek, which is off state Route 61 near Montgomery.
Loved ones, friends, community members, and first responders gathered at the Summersville Arena & Conference Center.
Mullens was laid to rest at West Virginia Memorial Gardens in Calvin, West Virginia.
His aunt Gail Mullens says it was overwhelming to see the massive response.
“I’m grateful everyone is showing the public what it meant to be like him and do this job,” she said.
She called her nephew the ideal first responder and talked about his passion for saving lives and teaching others about fire safety.
“Cody always marched to his own drum, so when he found his calling he knew,” Gail said. “We all knew. He made sure we all knew this was what he was going to do, no matter how long it took.”
Meanwhile, a GoFundMe has been sent up to plant a tree in honor and memory of Mullens. Tap here for more information >>>
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