Brother shares emotional, final message from fallen Hanover firefighter

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HANOVER COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Thousands of people attended the funeral of Lieutenant Brad Clark, the Hanover County Fire and EMS member who was killed responding to a crash while Tropical Storm Michael hit the area.  

As a firefighter, Lt. Clark put his life on the line every day to save others. His brother, Jonathan Clark, read a letter at Wednesday’s memorial service that Lt. Clark wrote in the event he was killed in the line of duty.

“I’ve lost my celebrity death match against the Grim Reaper. Not the reason I would choose for all the people dear in my life to get together, but we’ll make the best of it,” J. Clark said, reading Lt. Clark’s letter to the people in attendance. 

Mourners got to feel Lt. Clark’s lively personality and sense of humor with the letter he prepared for his own memorial service. 

“I shared a lot of laughs with you all,” J. Clark continued. “I love to make people smile so I’m sure you know I spend a lot of my life trying to make you all show your teeth.”

Lt. Clark wrote that his bond with his fellow firefighters was like no other.

“Wolfpack forever! The brotherhood means so much to me and I love every one of you. Thank you for sharing this amazing job with me and I ask you to watch over my family in the coming days, weeks, and months,” J.Clark said, continuing to read the letter. 

Lt. Clark explained that his greatest source of joy, support, friendship, inspiration and motivation came from his family. 

“Now, I’m a free spirit, flying high and striving to watch over each of you,” J. Clark read aloud.

Lt. Clark mentioned the strong love he had for his wife and told his daughters to never settle for anything less than the relationship he had with their mother. 

J.Clark continued reading the letter, sharing Lt. Clark’s advice for his daughters. 

“Work hard, don’t give up, fight for what you want and believe in and never let the opinions of others scare you from what your heart says.” 

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