March 25, 2006
After fighting a battle with leukemia for nearly a year, Scottsville Firefighter Brain Spradlin was laid to rest on Saturday.
It was a farewell to man who has been described as a person who could see the bright side to any situation. Even during his battle with leukemia, Brain Spradlin stayed strong.
“Never once did you go in and he was upset and down, said Scottsville Fire Chief, Tim Cersley. “He always had a smile about him; he always had this aura about him that was just positive.”
Brain found out that he had leukemia 11 months ago. It went into remission, but only to return. Chief Cersley says Spradlin didn't have to fight this battle alone. When his insurance would not cover his medical cost, firefighters collected thousands of dollars with the help of those in the community.
"It was very hard, and it's still very hard to try and let go," said Cersley.
With the help of fellow firefighters, the Scottsville rescue team is holding up.
“And that's what this brotherhood is all about," said Chief Cersley. “We all come together in the time of need like that.”
Chief Cersley says the Spradlin family and the Scottsville Volunteer Fire Department would like to thank everyone who helped Brian by donating to help with his medical expenses. Brian will not be forgotten.
"You know we love you. And we miss you," said Cerley. "As we promised, we'll do everything we can to try and take care of your family."
They goal was to collect $45,000, but with community help they were able to raise $60,000 to help Spradlin.