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Apopka community pays final respects to fallen firefighter

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APOPKA, Fla. — The Apopka community honored one of their own on Saturday.

Austin Duran was a firefighter who died last Friday two weeks after he was seriously hurt on the job.


What You Need To Know

  • Apopka firefighter Austin Duran died last Friday after being seriously hurt on the job

  • Family members and first responders came out to pay their respects one last time on Saturday morning

  • The community has raised tens of thousands of dollars to support Duran’s family 

Fire trucks, police cruisers and units from neighboring departments made their way to the church, making a symbolic drive past Fire Station One on the way. 

They came from Loomis Funeral Home where family members had a private viewing early Saturday morning.

His fellow firefighters had a chance to pay their respects too.

The funeral at Journey Christian Church was limited to family members and firefighters.

Some people who came out for the procession didn’t know Duran personally – but felt compelled to come.

“Just to show support for somebody that was so young trying to help the community and losing his life in such a terrible way,” Apopka resident Linda Manley said.

Duran was severely injured on the job June 30th. His family says he was moving a heavy piece of equipment, that fell on him.

He died about two weeks later.

Duran had been a part of the Apopka Fire Department family since he was in high school as a fire explorer, a program that trains teens on what it takes to be a firefighter.

Duran officially joined the department as a firefighter, in July 2020.

The community’s been showing their support these past few weeks since Duran went to the hospital.

They have raised tens of thousands of dollars for the family.

Now, they’re saying their goodbyes.

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