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Local law enforcement, firefighters, motorcyclist say farewell to fallen comrade

John Thompson • Aug 6, 2018 at 9:51 PM

ELIZABETHTON — If you are driving on U.S. Highway 19E this morning between Bristol and Elizabethton don’t be alarmed if you come across a very long line of police cars and fire trucks.

The long procession of law enforcement officers and volunteer firefighters will be paying their last respects to a fallen comrade and friend, Bull Durham, a lieutenant with the Carter County Sheriff’s Department who died last week at Vanderbilt Hospital following surgery.

After his funeral this morning, the procession will form up at at Tetrick Funeral Home in Elizabethton beginning at 9:15 a.m. The procession will leave the funeral home following the service. Carter County Sheriff Dexter Lunceford and Chief Deputy James Parrish said the procession should include more than 200 units. Parrish said Durham was a volunteer firefighter with the Sullivan East Volunteer Fire Department, so many fire trucks and volunteer fire departments will be included in the procession. Durham was also a motorcyclist and a large contingent of law enforcement motorcycle club members will participate.

Lunceford said a fire truck will be the lead vehicle and will carry Durham. Follwing the fire truck will be the cruiser that Duraham drove as the shift commander. Durham’s wife and children will ride in the vehicle, which will be driven by Durham’s shift sergeant, David Caldwell.

Other Carter County Sheriff’s Department vehicles will follow. Other law enforcement departments expected to have contingents are: Elizabethton Police Department, Carter County constables, Sullivan County Sheriff’s Department, Bluff City Police Department, Tennessee Highway Patrol, Forest Serivce, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, Elizabethton Fire Department, Carter County volunteer fire departments, Sulllivan County volunteer fire departments and Carter County Rescue Squad.

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