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Fire Chief Noel Clarke's Memory Honored with Procession

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MOUNDSVILLE, W.Va. -

The streets of downtown Moundsville lay quiet Tuesday afternoon, aside from the sound of dozens of fire engines and a bag pipe playing Amazing Grace.

Noel Clarke was a firefighter for more than 25 years, and spent the last 15 as Fire Chief for the city of Moundsville. 

His memory was honored Tuesday with a procession following his funeral.

His fellow firefighters raised his casket onto a Moundsville fire engine, and dozens of fire trucks and police cars from nearly every local department passed under the crossed ladders to lead him to his final resting place. 

Those who knew him well say it was a fitting tribute for a man like Noel. 

"You pay tribute to those who have been great leaders in your community. It's a great thing, because people need to see that. People need to understand how important it is to be a good citizen and help people. That's what Noel Clarke did. He was a good citizen. He helped people. He was a great guy," said friend Doug Pettit. 

Noel was diagnosed with cancer a few years ago, but he put on his uniform and went to work every day for as long as he could. 

Many people say Noel inspired them to keep fighting, no matter what. 

They say he will always be remembered as a fighter. 

"He's really the kind of guy that you really wanted to be around. You loved to be around Noel Clarke. He's certainly going to be missed in this community. He was a great, great man," said Pettit. 

It was a pleasure to know Noel, as is evident by the number of people who came out to honor him Tuesday afternoon. 

Although he is gone, his memory will always remind the Moundsville community to remain #NoelStrong.

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